Today: Apr 07 , 2020

Bill's Newscast: Turn Around, Don't Drown

Flash flooding is a risk.

Yavapai County officials have some advice when you approach a flooded roadway: Turn around and don’t drown.

Vehicles can be swept away by less than 2 feet of water and the roadbed may be washed out. You can also lose control of your vehicle in only a few inches of water. If you see a barricade, don’t drive around it, turn around and go another way. Nathan Lynum with the National Weather Service in Flagstaff says Yavapai County is particularly vulnerable to flash flooding. The monsoon storm that triggered massive flooding in parts of Northern Arizona on Sunday is being called a 100 year event due to the significant rainfall. Lynum explains this is an unusual start to the monsoon season. Lynn Whitman, Yavapai County Flood Control District Director says due to the lack of rain this past winter, regrowth in the Goodwin Fire area near the town of Mayer has been sluggish and areas that were impacted by the storms last summer face increased risk of flooding again this year.

The Prescott Board of Adjustment meets at 9 tomorrow morning to consider a request from Arizona Public Service.

APS is asking for a variance to allow an increased wall height at its electrical substation site on Granite Street. According to City of Prescott Planning Manager George Worley, the wall exceeds the allowed 6 and 8 foot heights in certain zoning districts. APS officials say a 10 foot wall is needed to screen electrical equipment from public view, protect people from electrical hazards and protect the substation site from vandalism. Worley adds the site is surrounded by industrial, commercial and open space districts. The proposed wall would better screen a new electrical facility on site from the view of neighboring lots. The Board of Adjustment meeting will be held in City Council chambers on South Cortez Street.

Despite the monsoon rains, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority crews have been busy dealing with fires.

A home on Roadrunner Drive in Prescott Valley was struck by lightning Monday. Fortunately the owner was home and the fire was a small one burning in the attic. Crews were able to put the fire out and ensure it didn’t spread anywhere else.

That same day, crews also dealt with a garage fire on Prescott Street in Dewey-Humboldt. They got a quick knockdown and kept the fire from extending to the primary residence and neighboring properties. All occupants were safe and accounted for. Central Arizona Battalion 6 crews in Chino Valley also had to deal with a house that was struck by lightning Saturday.

Watch for delays if you’ll be driving in the Cottonwood area today.

City Utilities Department crews will be performing underground utility work in the roundabout at Willard Street and Mingus Avenue. Southbound Willard is restricted to continue south through the roundabout or westbound on Mingus. There’s no access to eastbound Mingus, which will be restricted near the roundabout to southbound turns only on Willard. Northbound Willard at the roundabout is closed and no traffic is allowed to enter the roundabout in this direction. Detours using 6th Street and Highway 89A are set up to get around this closure.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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