Originally Published: August 2, 2018 6:10 p.m.
Mayer and Spring Valley experienced significant flooding Thursday evening, Aug. 2.
“We had about a six-foot wall of water hit a mobile home park in Mayer,” said Mayer Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike McGhee.
Fortunately, a flood watch patrol coordinated by the Mayer Fire Department and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office was able to evacuate residents of the park before the waters reached them.
“We were able to get everybody moved up the hill and get them out of there, so there’s no injuries,” McGhee said.
After hitting Mayer, the high waters continued toward Spring Valley and flooded about 10 to 15 homes, McGhee said.
“There was very little damage in Mayer,” he said. “There’s probably going to be more damage to the homes in Spring Valley.”
About eight low-crossing roads between Mayer and Black Canyon City were closed while the flooding was active, McGhee said. The only right of way that will remain closed until further notice is a bridge on Central Avenue in Mayer.
“The bridge may have been damaged, so the county is going to keep it closed until they have an engineer look at it,” McGhee said.
This is far from the first time emergency responders have had to deploy to flooding in areas downstream of the Goodwin Fire burn scar and will very likely not be the last time this monsoon season, McGhee said.
“This is like the 20th time we’ve deployed for flooding, but they were all minor,” McGhee said. “This one was the worst one we’ve had this year.”
Assisting the response were Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority, Life Line Ambulance Services, the Yavapai County Flood Control District and the Yavapai County Department of Emergency Management.
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