Heavy rain, hail hit parts of Flagstaff area

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Posted on July 8, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 11:03 AM

Heavy rain floods 30 homes in east Flagstaff

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Heavy rain flooded 30 homes in east Flagstaff, displacing nine families.

The National Weather Service in Bellemont west of Flagstaff reported up to 2 inches of rain and quarter-inch hail late Tuesday, and the Arizona Daily Sun reports that some streets were impassable because of debris.

City crews used sledgehammers to knock holes in a brick wall to release water in an adjacent drainage.

The Fire Department sent crews from all seven fire stations to work the flooding and recalled off-duty firefighters to respond to other emergency calls.

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- The National Weather Service says two inches of rain have fallen on east Flagstaff along with a quarter-inch of hail.

The thunderstorm that hit late Tuesday afternoon left some street flooding in east Flagstaff below Mount Elden and in Timberline.

However, west Flagstaff has remained dry.

A small stream flood advisory was issued for the Doney Park and Timberline area where heavy rain fell.

Authorities say there have been no reported injuries.

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The Grand Canyon Chapter is enroute to assist approximately 8 families displaced from their homes due to flash flooding in Flagstaff, Arizona in Coconino County.

The flooding has affected 30 structures and is located in east Flagstaff near the intersection of Fanning and Elder and just north of Route 66.

The team will assess the need for shelter/ lodging and other assistance. 

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FLAGSTAFF FIRE DEPARTMENT

At approximately 1630 this afternoon, the FFD responded 4 Engines, 1 Rescue, and 1 Quint to the east side of Flagstaff to aid with flooding issues from an extremely powerful monsoonal storm cell that dumped heavy rain and hail. 

Most affected by this particular storm were Siler Homes neighborhood and parts of upper and lower Greenlaw.

While en route to the call, crews reported 3-4 feet of hail in areas, severe traffic congestion, debris strewn throughout the streets, and in some cases streets that were completely impassable due to heavy water flow.

First arriving crews on scene of the Siler homes area found several homes with running water through them as well as washed out yards. 

The amount of water produced from the storm overtook preexisting retention basins and culverts, and began flowing through each and every path of least resistance. 

To remedy the situation, fire crews punched holes with sledge hammers through a brick wall and released thousands of gallons of water into an adjacent drainage. 

For the next four hours, crews assumed a salvage and overhaul kind of role and entered several households to move furniture, squeegee out standing water, and place sand bags where needed. 

All said and done today the FFD assisted with water removal from 30 livable structures.

The FFD also requested assistance from the American Red Cross in order to provide sleeping arrangements for 9 families (31 people total) who were displaced from their homes due to the severity of their flooding issues. 

In addition to the seven crews working the floods, the FFD sent out a full recall in which off-duty FFD members drive to their home station and run any other emergent calls the City of Flagstaff may have while other units are committed.

The FFD would like to remind the City of Flagstaff that monsoon storms are an unpredictable time and it does not take an exceptional amount of water to do an exceptional amount of damage.

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