FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Arizona Governor Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency Friday morning as a response to the flash flooding in Coconino County. This Declaration of Emergency will provide $200,000 for response efforts to the Flagstaff area.
The flooding from the Museum Fire burn scar was done on Friday night but the damage had been done. "It's all bad news. Too much water, too much water. It's powerful. It's like fire," said Sam Morgan. It wasn't just roads but backyards, driveways and even some houses got a lot of mud. "You know, my son paid a Bobcat driver to clean out the driveway on the first flood on Tuesday night. And as you can see there are 6 inches of mud right now," said David Kendall.
Kendall and his son live in the Flagstaff area. They're tired of feeling like the burden is on them to prepare for any flooding. "The City has had since 2019 to fix this. They put in the white sandbags, and nothing has been done since then," Kendall said.
But the City of Flagstaff said preparations for the monsoon actually began before the Museum Fire even was finished. "Fortunately, folks at Coconino County Flood Control Unit had the foresight to have a stockpile of sandbags. Seventy thousand going into this summer, which was super helpful," said Andy Bertelsen, the Flagstaff Public Works director.
The United Way of Northern Arizona putting on a volunteer event Saturday to fill sandbags and help clean up debris. Starts at 7:30 am at Coconino County Health and Community Services building.
A wave of muddy water took a gold Toyota Prius down the street.
The flooding started on July 13 at rain started in the area. Both City of Flagstaff and Coconino County have activated their Joint Emergency Operations Center and working with an Incident Management Team. For more information or see the full Declaration of Emergency, click here.