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While Sedona escaped disaster as steady rain pounded the Verde Valley over the weekend, Oak Creek reached capacity near Page Springs spilling over into a mobile home park and stranding a woman.

By Trista Steers
Larson Newspapers

While Sedona escaped disaster as steady rain pounded the Verde Valley over the weekend, Oak Creek reached capacity near Page Springs spilling over into a mobile home park and stranding a woman.

A storm system from the south and west brought rain beginning Friday, Dec. 7, with a bit of snow mixed in Saturday, Dec. 8, dampening Sedona and the valley. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for Friday through Saturday, and Sunday through Monday.

Sedona managed to skate by without major weather-related incidents, Sedona Fire District Deputy Fire Marshal Gary Johnson said. But, just down stream, one resident wasn’t so lucky.

Rising waters trapped a woman in an RV in a park near Page Springs Restaurant on Friday night.

Verde Valley Fire District, responsible for the Page Springs area, prepared for flooding approximately one hour before water swelled over the banks of Oak Creek and into the park, according to VVFD Fire Chief Jerry Doerksen.

“We’d had a report that flooding may occur,” Doerksen said.

Most RV owners moved their RVs out of the park before water levels rised but two became stranded, one which housed the woman.

VVFD called in a swift-water rescue crew which was able to reach the woman and take her safely to dry land.

NWS lifted flood warnings Tuesday, Dec. 11.

“It was cold enough and the snow was low [depth] enough, it didn’t cause significant rises on Oak Creek,” NWS meteorologist Brian Klimowski said, allowing for the warning cancellation.

AccuWeather.com reported Sedona received 2.05 inches of moisture Friday through Monday, Cottonwood received 0.82 inches and Camp Verde received 2.75.

Doerksen said VVFD looks at Sedona data to determine if it needs to get ready for a flood. Precipitation amounts and the water level of Oak Creek in Sedona often indicate what could happen further down stream in Doerksen’s jurisdiction.

Last weekend’s storm marked the second rainy weekend for the Verde Valley.

Consistent showers cause saturation of the ground and creek, Johnson said, causing more runoff and flood potential. Sedona did have a scare but nothing materialized.

“It [Oak Creek] came up rapidly on Friday but then it stopped,” Johnson said. “It had that potential [to flood].”

Klimowski said Tuesday, Dec. 11, he expected the system to pass by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, going out with light rains. The forecast following the storm calls for partly cloudy skies that clear by the weekend.

“This weekend, right now, looks dry,” Klimowski said.

During rainy weather, Johnson encourages people to be prepared and stay informed.

If travel is necessary, check weather reports in the area and drive appropriately.

“If they have to go somewhere they need to give themselves extra time,” Johnson said.



Trista Steers can be reached at 282-7795, Ext. 129, or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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