Mutual Aid Event for Neighborhoods Affected by Flooding Saturday | Local
A mutual aid event to help those affected by the museum flood has been scheduled for 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
The community-led event will organize volunteers interested in helping the neighborhoods of Sunnyside and Grandview prepare for the monsoon season by rebuilding sandbag walls and cleaning up deteriorated sandbags left behind by the 2021 floods. Anyone interested in joining the community effort should meet at 8 a.m. at 3224 N. Grandview Drive, bring gloves and dust masks, “dress to get dirty,” and RSVP to Sharon Tewksbury -Bloom to [email protected]
Breakfast foods and coffee will be provided based on availability.
Saturday’s event will build on similar city-led efforts that took place on June 4 and will use “refreshed” sandbags provided to neighborhoods by the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County.
The city-led event “has produced great results,” Tewksbury-Bloom said, “but there’s still a lot of help needed in Sunnyside.”
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The sandbag walls provided many residents with emergency protection during last year’s historic floods. Over the past year, city, county, and U.S. Forest Service partners have worked on large-scale mitigation projects that include infrastructure to improve stormwater conveyance as well as watershed restoration. which should help slow flood waters before they reach residential areas.
The projects are all on track to be completed before heavy rains in the monsoon season bring the risk of flooding back. Still, the generally reliable monsoon season has been chaotic in recent years and it is difficult to predict the severity of the approaching season.
“There is always a risk and you should always be prepared by setting up sandbags to protect your property,” Tewksbury-Bloom said.
The city will hold another neighborhood event on June 18. Residents who need help preparing their sandbag walls can call the city hotline at 928-213-2102 to be put on a scheduled help list. For more information on flood mitigation efforts, visit www.museumfloodprojects.com.