SUN DAILY STAFF
In an effort to re-emphasize the urgency of proper flood mitigation, the Coconino County Flood Control District has invited residents of Doney Park to a community meeting to be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at the Cromer Elementary School, located at 7150 Silver Saddle Road.
According to a county press release, Thursday night’s meeting is meant to highlight “the realization that due to recent pipeline and tunnel fires, the natural landscape north of Flagstaff has been altered in such a way that flooding dangerous and damaging are now very real. possibility in neighborhoods that previously faced little or no risk.
Recent flood modeling predicts that heavy monsoon rains over fire-affected watersheds will likely lead to significant downstream flooding in the Wupatki Trails, Timberline, Fernwood and Doney Park neighborhoods.
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The county has produced address-specific flood mitigation exhibits to provide residents with instruction on how best to protect their homes from flooding after a fire. During the next meeting, exhibits will be on display and residents will have the opportunity to ask questions of the flood control district staff and consulting engineers. The exhibitions are also available online at www.coconino.az.gov/2926/SchultzPipeline-Flood-Area.
The Flood Control District also continues to organize alongside nonprofit partners to fill and place sandbags for the elderly or disabled in the highest priority areas. Groups and individuals interested in volunteering should pre-register with United Way of Northern Arizona online at uwna.volunteerhub.com/.
Thursday’s meeting will not be broadcast live, but a full recording will be available on the Coconino County YouTube channel shortly after at www.youtube.com/user/coconinocmty.
The National Weather Service forecast predicts continued chance of precipitation during this period next week, including a 60% chance each day Wednesday through Monday and high temperatures in the mid-80s.