Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey orders National Guard to assist with Flagstaff floods
PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Saturday ordered National Guard members to Flagstaff to help with flooding mitigation measures.
About 30 members will help Saturday by filling sandbags with wildland and healthy forest crews in Coconino County, while on Sunday, 60 members will assist, keeping a presence throughout the rest of the week, Ducey said in a tweet.
He also said the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry will continue to assist with mitigation measures.
So far, more than 52,000 bags have already been filled this week to help with flooding mitigation measures.
ICYMI: @AZCorrections Wildland and Healthy Forest crews have been hard at work this week filling sandbags to protect communities in Coconino County. So far, they’ve filled 52,000 bags — more on the way! pic.twitter.com/alaM0QUT1A
— Doug Ducey (@DougDucey) July 16, 2022
“Our number one priority is to ensure our communities are safe and getting the help they need,” Ducey said.
The area is under close watch after numerous wildfires consumed acres of grass, brush and pine trees in the spring and in June.
While monsoon storms aided with firefighting efforts, the burns scars are particularly susceptible to flash flooding.