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Northern Arizona residents urged to prepare for floods

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Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:38 pm

FLAGSTAFF — Coconino County officials have expanded sandbagging operations to aid residents in communities north of Flagstaff that are prone to flooding.

Residents were cleaning up Wednesday from heavy thunderstorms that hit a day earlier, sending torrents of water along with sand, ash and rocks downslope. A 12-year-old girl was swept away by the floodwaters and died.

A 15,000-acre wildfire scarred the nearby landscape last month, allowing rainfall that normally is absorbed to run off quickly.

The National Weather Service says there is a 60 percent chance of precipitation Wednesday through Friday.

Officials are encouraging residents to prepare for more flooding by installing sand bags and straw barriers around their properties.

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