Travelers are still being warned to stay away from parts of northern Arizona after last week’s powerful storms, according to the Arizona’s Emergency Operations Center.
In a press release Sunday, the Arizona Division of Management Service reports that a number of state departments are asking travelers to halt any noncritical travel to the area.
Several roads are still closed. Power is out in a number of areas. And there are still avalanche risks in the mountains, according to the press release.
State Route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff continues to be closed. Snow or ice are reported on U.S. Highway 160 eastbound. It is expected to be closed until 8 a.m. Monday.
East- and westbound State Route 88 is closed at milepost 213.0 because of a rock fall. Highways 260 and 273 into Sunrise Park Resort – near Greer in eastern Arizona - remain closed. Though power has been re-established at the ski resort, it is currently closed.
An avalanche warning remains in place in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area on the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff.
Arizona Snowbowl ski resort has reopened after losing power. Chains are recommended for travel there.
All road conditions can be found on www.az511.gov.
Because of the damage to parts of northern Arizona, the Nevada National Guard is sending one Chinook and two Blackhawk helicopters to Flagstaff to help with cleanup and assessment efforts.
A humanitarian effort is underway in the Hopi and Navajo Nations. The Civil Air Patrol is providing aerial assessment of snow pack and flooded areas.
“The winter storms of the last week have had a devastating impact on the reservation communities of the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe,” said Navajo County Emergency Manager Dusty Parsons in a separate press release. “The combination of heavy snowfall followed by heavy rainfall has produced dangerous conditions for residents and drivers. A situation of this magnitude requires more than a piecemeal response.”
The state, counties and tribes are working to assess medical and health supply needs as well as food and water needs. The intergovernmental agency is also working to looking at heating fuel needs in the area.
Temporary mobile housing is being put up around Black Canyon City following severe damage to homes from flooding last week.
Another storm system – much milder than the last – is predicted to move into Arizona on Tuesday evening.
Visit the Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN) website at www.azein.gov for current incident information, including shelter locations and links to the NWS and ADOT.