Originally Published: August 20, 2014 6:05 a.m.
Heavy rains pounded Prescott and much of Yavapai County on Tuesday, prompting numerous flood warnings and advisories.
While Prescott authorities didn't get any reports of structural damage by press time like Black Canyon City, police closed Granite Creek Park and numerous streets because of flooding. The creek flowed well outside its banks through the park and its entry road.
Roads and intersections closed in Prescott included Hillside and 2nd, Lincoln and Grove, Leroux at Granite, Joseph and Cheery, and Forest Hylands.
Flooding in a wash near the Calvary Church at Highway 69 on the edge of Prescott was carving away a hillside to the edge of local cable equipment and an electrical line Tuesday, prompting Arizona Public Service to set up a boom truck to hold onto the pole overnight until workers can backfill the area.
Lightning damaged poles and caused electricity failures in south Spring Valley and Crown King until about 1 p.m. Tuesday, APS spokesman Mike Shaw said.
The official Sundog measuring site on the northeast side of Prescott recorded 2.52 inches of rain in the 24-hour period ending at 3 p.m. Tuesday, while about the same amount fell in Cottonwood.
Preliminary rainfall totals at other Yavapai County sites during that time period included 5.9 inches of rain on Humbug Creek in the Bradshaw Mountains, 3.27 inches near Cordes Junction and 4.67 inches at Crown King.
Flooding closed roads throughout the county Tuesday.
In Cordes Lakes, Thunderbird and Brahma were closed where they cross the Big Bug Creek. In Mayer, Central Avenue was closed at the Big Bug crossing. And in Lake Montezuma, Montezuma Avenue was closed at Russell Wash, Beaver Creek Road was closed at Beaver Creek School, and Bice Road was closed 0.7 miles from Beaver Creek Road.
The river gage on the Agua Fria at Rock Springs below Black Canyon City measured 35,000 cfs with a depth of 23.6 feet at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. Flood stage is 16 feet. Luckily, few structures are located directly below that area where more streams dump into the river.
A trained Weather Service spotter reported 1.76 inches of rain about three miles east of Cordes Lakes at 8:31 a.m. today, causing the Big Bug Creek to top its banks and cover a local road with about a foot of water.
Another spotter reported 3.02 in-ches of rain two miles west-southwest of Cordes Junction at 8:40 a.m., while another reported washes flooding three miles north of Cleator after 1.39 inches of rain fell in an hour in Cleator.
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