Rock slides and flooding impede traffic on Interstate 17 and Highway 74

8/19/14 – Heavy rains have caused rock slides and flooding in various areas especially along Interstate 17. Additionally highway 74 is closed due to flooding. Other highways not listed may also have debris and obstacles. If you are traveling to the Phoenix area please use extreme caution as ADOT crews will be out cleaning up highways and removing debris. Never enter flooded roadways as cars can be easily swept away by swift flowing water. Check AZ511.gov for updated closures and restrictions.

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Small Stream Flood Advisory in Navajo County

8/14/14 4:55 pm – The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has issued a small stream flood advisory for west central Navajo County in northeastern Arizona. At 4:30 radar indicated very heavy rain from a cluster of thunderstorms south and east of Winslow. Rainfall amounts will likely approach 2 to 3.5 inches in theses areas before they weaken over the coming hours. The advisory includes but is not limited to Chevelon Canyon and other areas along State Route 99 south of Winslow.

DO NOT drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway! The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground.

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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests-Lightning: What you need to know

8/12/14-The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) present very different landscapes and varied weather conditions which may affect the outlook for fire season and monsoonal moisture. Monsoons can be dangerous if you are not aware of the dangers they can bring.

The US Forest Service wants visitors to the ASNFs to enjoy their time on the forests, and encourages visitors planning a trip to the area to “Know Before You Go”!

Lightning: What You Need to Know
• NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!
• If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
• When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
• Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.
Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips
If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:
• Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
• Never lie flat on the ground
• Never shelter under an isolated tree
• Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
• Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water
• Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)
The ASNFs experience large rain events this time of year. For more information on road/trail conditions, contact one of the five local district offices or the ASNFs Forest Supervisor’s Office at (928) 333-4301 or go to their website: http://www.fed.usa.gov/asnf. Forecast weather conditions can be found at the National Weather Service webpage http://www.nws.noaa.gov/.

Residents and visitors are asked to be aware of wildfire conditions in our area and take appropriate prevention measures. Remember, one less spark means one less wildfire.

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