Possible Highway Closures In Northern Arizona
The Arizona Department of Transportation said motorists should be prepared for hazardous conditions and temporary closures of State Route 89A north of Sedona because of possible flash floods, mudslides and rock slides resulting from monsoon rains.
ADOT said it had to close part of the highway between Sedona and Flagstaff three times in the past week due to flooding and debris flowing in the area burned by a major wildfire.
Officials said there are no plans to close the highway for the entire monsoon, but that additional temporary closures are possible.
ADOT said it’ll be monitoring conditions on State Route 89A through Oak Creek Canyon the next few weeks. Spokesman Dustin Krugel said they’re very concerned about flash flooding in the area as monsoon storms hit the area charred by the Slide Fire.
“Every driver needs to be mindful that this area is a flash flood risk area and they need to be aware of the risk," Krugel said. "There could be flash floods, mud slides, rock slides.”
Krugel said ADOT workers will be driving the canyon during thunderstorms, looking for potential problems so they can be addressed quickly.
According to ADOT, steps being taken to minimize flooding and erosion include staging heavy equipment in the area, clearing debris from drainage culverts and ditches and repairing embankments along roadside slopes.