FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Federal help will soon be on the way for Flagstaff and other parts of northern Arizona that were impacted by this summer's flooding. On Monday, President Joe Biden declared a disaster in our state and approved federal funds to go to Apache, Coconino, and Navajo counties, which were hard hit in the storms.
Many neighborhoods were devastated as record rainfall poured onto burn scars caused by wildfires, sending flash floods into the streets. In July, Governor Doug Ducey declared an emergency at state level, making available up to $200,000 for response efforts in Coconino County.
Some state lawmakers also reached out for federal aid, saying more financial help was needed. "We've faced 3 million dollars of public infrastructure damage thus far," said Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy at the time. "There's been 1.35 million dollars in private property damages."
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It's hard to forget the images of the floodwaters roaring through Flagstaff this summer. The current was so powerful it actually carried a car down the road, turning a street into a rushing river. Taylor Landy, who recorded the shocking video, said she initially saw her neighbor's mailboxes get taken out and then saw empty trash cans going down before seeing the Prius being carried away. "I never thought our street would have rushing water that would carry a car," said Landy.
Many home were also severely damaged in the floodwaters. “Water was pouring in the front door, and all we could do is try to block the door and keep more water from coming in,” said Flagstaff resident David Gilley. He captured video of the water nearly waist high right outside his window.
Now, Pres. Biden says federal funding will be available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and some private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and repairs.