March 16, 2023 – Extreme weather conditions have created flooding disasters throughout California, with 43 of the state’s 58 counties have been under states of emergency because of the atmospheric river storms.
Neighboring Arizona is also seeing flooding problems from snowmelt and precipitation.
KTVK/KPHO reports that the picturesque State Route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff is closed for an indefinite period of time due to Oak Creek’s flooding. Parts of Sedona and nearby Verde Lakes are being evacuated as the Oak Creek and Wet Beaver Creek water levels continuing to rise, with Wet Beaver Creek expected to rise 13 feet.
Roads in parts of Maricopa County, where the Phoenix metropolitan area is located, are also getting shut down due to releases from the Salt River Project’s storage reservoirs and precipitation.