Flooding continues in Arizona areas hit by fire

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by Jared Dillingham

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azfamily.com

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 11 at 9:17 PM

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. - As storms pushed through Arizona Sunday into Monday, three regions scorched by recent wildfires braced for flash floods.

The most severe floods hit near the Southern Arizona city of  Sierra Vista, where the Monument Fire burned in June. The National Weather Service says burned hillsides repelled water like pavement, and the results were disastrous.

Runoff started as thick, black, oozing mud but turned into fast-moving floodwaters several feet deep.  

The flash floods carved paths through washes and creeks and in several cases ended up inside homes.

The Bureau of Land Management sent crews to help with the clean-up effort. Minor flooding was also reported in Eastern Arizona near Greer, where the Wallow Fire burned. 

In Northern Arizona, neighborhoods near Flagstaff were again flooded from runoff  from the Schultz Fire burn area.

All flooding advisories and watches expire Monday  at 9 p.m.

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