Route 66 News

Flash flooding reported in Flagstaff

A cloudburst Friday in the Flagstaff, Ariz., caused scattered flash flooding around the city, including standing water at the Milton Road underpass on Route 66, reported the Arizona Daily Sun.

The mid-afternoon bursts led the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office to temporarily close Highway 89 between Silver Saddle Road and Sunset Crater, along with several other residential roads. Reports from county officials had water flowing curb to curb on Campbell Avenue, washing over debris and large rocks. However, there were no calls for help for injured or stranded area residents.

Localized street flooding also snarled traffic and activity throughout the city, especially near downtown when the Milton Road underpass flooded and all four lanes of traffic were closed for about two hours.

For the day, Pulliam Airport recorded 1.32 inches, most of it falling between about 3 and 4 p.m. Northern Arizona University saw 1.71 inches, and about 1 inch fell outside a weather spotter’s home in Timberline.

That’s an astounding amount of rain in one day for northern Arizona. No injuries or deaths were reported. More rain is forecast for Sunday.

Here’s some video of the flooding along the Mother Road:


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