Saturday, July 24, 2010

Assessing the Flagstaff flood

We hear from Flagstaff Water that the flood and possible debris flows earlier this week took out two sections, 40 ft, of the pipe along Waterline Road that supplies 20% of Flagstaff's summer water. Continued rains and damage to the road have prevented crews from getting to the line from the bottom of the hill. AZGS geologists Ann Youberg and Jeri Young are working with federal and local officials to evaluate the possible role of debris flows in the events and evaluate the hazards on the recently burned hillsides above the community.

Most of the news media coverage has been on flooding in the Timberline [corrected 7-24-10, 17:44] and Doney Park subdivisions. Here are a couple photos Jeri took on July 22.


  1. It's Timberline, not Timberlake. The area directly east of Crisp Hill was not affected because that old cinder cone routed the water around it. The east-west streets of Timberline Trail (dirt) and Buckboard (paved) experienced very little flooding - all of that was on the south side of Timberline Trail, where it barely left the ditch. Much of the water that ran around Crisp Hill ran down Campbell (paved), which became a river during the flooding.

  2. Anonymous3:53 PM

    Considering what happened in Yellowstone after their catastrophic fire it is obviously imperative that the slopes be stabilized.

  3. Anonymous3:48 PM

    Where's FEMA? Wheres the Nat Guard? My neighborhood looks like a war zone! Taxes are still going up but my property isn't worth a dime. Sick of mud. Sick of looking at sandbags. Thanks FEDS!