Arizona town again told to evacuate as post-wildfire flood risk looms
PHOENIX — A small Arizona town was again told to evacuate Friday as flash flood risks increased for a nearby area that was charred in a wildfire.
In a Facebook post, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said residents in parts of Mayer and the surrounding area were told to leave their homes after Big Bug Creek began flooding.
“There is a significant danger to you. Gather necessary items and go,” the post read. “Get to higher ground and avoid low water crossings.”
The National Weather Service said at least an inch of rain fell north of the town.
A shelter for evacuees was set up at Mayer High School.
Parts of Mayer were told to evacuate about two weeks ago when monsoon storms moved through the area and caused some flash flooding.
In June, the Goodwin Fire forced residents to abandon their homes for days.
The fire consumed nearly 30,000 acres before it was contained.
Mayer is about 60 miles north of Phoenix.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.