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Like the Boy Scouts, the city of Sedona has adopted the motto of “Be Prepared.”Anthoni Goodman and Sophie Woodward came down from Flagstaff to lend a helping hand filling sandbags. The couple said they often come to the Sedona area to hike and wanted to do their part.

The city takes several different steps each year to prepare for the approach of monsoon rains, which bring potential for flooding.

But this year is expected to be different as a result of the Slide Fire. Officials with the U.S. Forest Service have warned residents to expect mudslides, additional debris within the nearby creeks as well as flooding.

To stay one step ahead, the city organized a sandbagging event on Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21. Assistant City Engineer Andy Dickey said on average, the city distributes about 1,500 sandbags a year to residents. But this year it will have 30,000 bags at its disposal if necessary thanks to a donation from the Yavapai County Emergency Management, which included a sandbag filling machine.

“It’s important for us to be proactive,” Dickey said. “When we have flooding during the monsoon season, you have little time to react. During summer storms, you may have only 30 minutes to react so it’s important to have sandbags in place before it’s too late.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 25, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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