FLAGSTAFF — Thunder roared as heavy rain fell steadily over communities north of Flagstaff, sending water rushing through local roads.
The National Weather Service in Flagstaff had issued a flash flood warning that was set to expire at 1:15 p.m. Thursday. Heavy rain was falling from slow-moving storms over an area where a 15,000-acre wildfire burned. Rain gauges in the area indicated more than an inch per hour of precipitation and more rain is expected this week.
Tractors, bulldozers and other heavy equipment were working to clean up from the aftermath of a sudden storm earlier this week when more rain fell. Coconino County spokeswoman Brenda Grey says it's going to be a constant cleanup during monsoon season.
Authorities asked residents who felt safe to stay put and not to try to beat the floodwaters.