After weeks of scorching heat and devastating drought, cities in Arizona were inundated by flash floods.
Residents of the Copper State – which has been ravaged by wildfires, some caused by lightning strikes, both before and during the state’s monsoon season – watched, took photos and recorded videos as floodwaters flowed through intersections and lifted cars into residential neighborhoods.
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In a video posted by Golder Ranch Fire District, firefighters could be seen rescuing a man and his two daughters from the roof of their vehicle on Wednesday after he was swept away.
Tens of thousands of residents were under advisory on Wednesday, and Coconino County emergency management officials issued a refuge-in-place order in response to the threat.
Neighborhoods east of Flagstaff were mostly affected – threatening the communities of Flagstaff, Doney Park and Winona – and stormy waters in downstream neighborhoods were expected as a byproduct of a burn scar from the blaze. 1,961 acre museum in 2019.
“The museum fire zone received just over 1” of rain today. Although the amount and intensity of the rain was lower today than yesterday, the rain fell over a longer period of time. In addition, rain from the flooded area worsened the impacts of flooding from the burnt area, ”the Arizona Emergency Information Network (AZEIN) said in a Wednesday statement. “The soil in the museum’s flood zone is also increasingly saturated and the watershed is becoming more and more responsive. That means additional flooding is expected during future rainy events, which the National Weather Service is predicting for the rest of the week and weekend. “
Flash flood watches were also issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in metro Phoenix, Tucson and large parts of central, southern and northwestern Arizona from Tuesday to last night.
As a result of the flooding, the streets were cluttered with debris and the drains were blocked.
The NWS said Thursday that more rainfall is expected in the arid southwestern desert, with showers in the afternoon and evening near the Four Corners area.
“Given the relatively light winds aloft, many of these storms are likely to move slowly and result in flash floods in canyons, scars from burns and other vulnerable areas,” the agency wrote.
A slight risk of excessive precipitation was in effect over central Arizona and far western New Mexico on Thursday and a marginal risk was in effect over eastern Arizona and western New Mexico on Friday and Saturday.
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To ensure their safety, those affected are advised to move to higher ground, take shelter in place and never enter flood waters.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.