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Monsoon Flooding Closed Down Highway 89 Thursday Near Flagstaff, With More Flooding Possible Friday

Flooding from the Schultz-Pipeline burn area north of Flagstaff closed down Highway 89 in both directions Thursday. Heavy rain fell on the Weatherford Trail area in a short amount of time. The area was one of the hardest hit from the Pipeline Fire. Coconino County Flood District officials have been worried that the area would send a lot of debris and water down Government Tank in a heavy rain event, and that’s what it did. Highway 89 was closed for over three hours, as crews waited for flood waters to recede to clean up debris. As storms developed, little rain fell on the Museum Fire burn area, on the west side of the Pipeline Fire burn area, and in downtown Flagstaff. Sandbags are still in demand in the Doney Park area. Flood officials said at a community meeting Thursday night that so far they have placed around 300-thousand sand bags. They need around a million sandbags for the flood mitigation that needs to be done in many areas, especially in Doney Park. National Weather Service forecasters say heavy rain is once again possible in the burn areas Friday. If you are in a flood area, make sure you are prepared for flooding should it happen. If you haven’t signed up to receive emergency notification, do so by logging on to the Coconino County website.