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Coconino County officials know it’s not a matter of if but when severe flooding and mudslides will occur within Oak Creek Canyon.concrete and water-filled plastic barricades are  transported from a parking lot at West Fork to homes and  businesses in Oak Creek Canyon in anticipation of fast-flowing water and debris during monsoon rains on areas burned by the Slide Fire.

On Thursday, July 3, representatives from the sheriff’s department, emergency management and public works met with the Sedona Red Rock News to discuss how the county is preparing for flooding in the canyon now that the monsoon is here. What’s making things worse is that due to the Slide Fire, much of the vegetation is gone and the result of a heavy rain will be mudslides and debris entering the creek as well as yards and businesses along the way.

“We can’t prevent flash flooding — all we can do is be as ready for it as possible,” Emergency Management Director Robert Rowley said. “We also want to make sure the public is prepared and informed. We know that for a lot of the residents and businesses owners in the canyon by having the fire followed by the monsoon season, this has been a real one-two punch for them.”

To read the full story, see the Wednesday, July 9, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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