Emergency declaration for Coconino County, residents prepare for more flooding

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by The Associated Press

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Posted on July 22, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 22 at 9:07 AM

PHOENIX and FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a declaration of emergency for Coconino County after storm-caused floodwaters left behind a muddy mess in the Flagstaff area.

Wednesday's declaration comes a day after a flash flood tore through the communities of Timberline, Doney Park and Wupatki near an area scarred by a 15,000-acre wildfire last month.

Authorities say rushing water and a debris flow approximately 400 feet wide by 2 feet deep forced the temporary closure of U.S. 89 and damaged public infrastructure, homes and businesses.

Brewer is authorized under state statute to declare a state of emergency and release an initial $200,000 from the Governor's Emergency Fund. The money will be used to pay for emergency response costs, flood mitigation actions and to repair public infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and flood control works. However, the funds are not available to repair individual homes.

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