Northern rains bring flooding to Paulden area
Paulden had only a monsoon shower or two on Sunday, but residents were stranded when storms to the north filled the Big Chino Wash and flooded the community's two main access roads, Big Springs Ranch and Feather Mountain.
One woman reportedly escaped injury after she drove her car into the wash and got stuck, said Paulden Area Community Association Board Member Doug McKinney. McKinney said another resident drove his 4-wheel drive vehicle into the wash and rescued the woman from her vehicle. The small white car remained in the wash Sunday evening.
Nearby resident Denver Gullick said he got up Sunday morning at about 8 a.m. to go and purchase a paper at the Depot 89 store on Highway 89, and noticed that the wash was "running pretty good." When he returned, he said, the water was over the road's culverts, but not high enough to make it dangerous to cross.
"Then it seemed all hell broke loose from there," he said.
McKinney said he was feeding animals for a man who was stranded out of Paulden by the flooding and had to stay with his son in Chino Valley.
Feather Mountain and Big Springs Ranch Roads are private and not maintained by Yavapai County. Area homeowners paid for the installation of three 6-foot culverts, McKinney said, but those are now washed out.
"I just came back (Sunday evening) by Feather Mountain, and we won't be using that for awhile. It moved a lot of soil. Big Springs Ranch Road has a concrete crossing, so we're hoping the water just flowed over that," he said.
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office on Sunday afternoon notified County Emergency Management of rains causing heavy water flows over northern Arizona and Yavapai County, according to Emergency Management Coordinator Denny Foulk. He said people should avoid using low water crossings or water covered roads during heavy water flows.
"Roads may be damaged and the damage may not be visible to motorists," Foulk said. "Heavy rain last night across regions of the Mogollon Rim from Seligman to Williams towards the northeast have produced heavy flows in Ash Fork, as well as northern Yavapai County, and southwestern Coconino County."
The National Weather Service is calling for diminished chances of heavy rain through the coming week.