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Monsoon Rains Caused Water And Debris To Flow Down The Mountain And Into The Sunnyside Neighborhood Tuesday

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Monsoon rains sent debris from the Museum Fire through Mt. Elden Estates, Paradise, Grandview, and the Sunnyside area of Flagstaff Tuesday. A collection of water, ash, pine needles and sludge came off the burn scar and through neighborhoods, closing roads and streets. Cedar Avenue was closed from West Street to Fourth Street due to loads of debris in the road. Flows in the channel overtopped the roadway at Linda Vista Drive and Cedar. Fast-moving floodwaters and debris in flows approximately one foot deep were reported in the Sunnyside area running curb-to-curb on Main Street. Streets impacted due to flooding include Linda Vista, Main, Rose, Grandview and 4th Street. There are no reports of damage. City of Flagstaff and Coconino County Public Works crews scrambled to the area and spent most of the night cleaning up. Flood waters also covered Route 66 and flooded the Sportsman’s parking lot, bringing traffic on the “Mother Road” to a standstill. Rain gauges on the burn scar shows an inch-and-a-half to over two inches of rain fell in the burn area. Forecasters say showers and thunderstorms are expected once again Wednesday, with a chance Monsoon storms in the forecast through the weekend and into next week. Sand, empty sandbags, and prefilled sandbags are available north of the County Health Services building at 2625 North King Street, for those who need them. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Museum Flood Call Center at (928) 679-8525. If you haven’t already, register for emergency notifications at coconino.az.gov/ready.