Flooding closes SR 89A in Oak Creek Canyon

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A section of State Route 89A in Oak Creek Canyon has been closed due to flooding, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The highway is closed near the Slide Fire burn area between Sedona and Flagstaff, from milepost 375 to 390.

ADOT said motorists traveling between Sedona and Flagstaff can use State Route 179 and Interstate 17 as an alternate route.

There is no estimate on when the highway will reopen. Drivers should expect delays.

Drivers are urged to use caution and watch for flooding and debris on highways near burned areas.

ADOT provided the following safety tips for driving during monsoon season:

1. When in doubt, wait it out. If you see a dust storm ahead, it’s best to exit and wait for the dust to move through the area.

2. When faced with low or zero visibility conditions, pull your vehicle off the road as far to the right as possible. Turn off your lights, set the parking brake and take your foot off the brake pedal. These steps reduce the chances that other drivers mistake your vehicle as the one to follow.

3. Don’t risk crossing a flooded wash, even if it doesn’t look deep. Water is a powerful force that should not be underestimated.

4. Do not drive around "road closed" signs. You risk your life and face being cited under the state’s stupid motorist law.

5. If traffic lights are out, treat an intersection just like a four-way stop.

6. Expect the unexpected. Have extra supplies, including an emergency kit and drinking water, in case you experience an extended highway closure.

7. Storm runoff can loosen boulders and rocks on slopes above highways. Stay alert in rockfall-prone areas.