Flash flood warning for Williamson Valley, Big Chino area

PRESCOTT – The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Wednesday afternoon, June 29, for Yavapai County, effective until 4:15 p.m.

Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms and heavy rain in west-central Yavapai County shortly after 1 p.m. Up to 2 inches of rain had already fallen and that time, and flash flooding was eminent.

Impacted areas include several drainages in the Williamson Valley area and northwest of Chino Valley. The NWS weather alert specifically indicated Walnut Creek, Quartz Lead Wash, Big Chino Wash, Partridge Creek, Indian Springs Wash, Antelope Wash, Turkey Canyon, Apache Creek, Pine Creek, Mud Tank Wash, Graver Wash and Muddy Creek.

Weather officials remind people to move to higher ground now and to remain alert for flooding even in locations not receiving rain.

“Dry washes, streams and rivers can become raging killer currents in a matter of minutes, even from distant rainfall,” the National Weather Service warned.

by NWS Flagstaff