Flooding Emergency Declared in Tombstone

August 19, 2011

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has declared a state of emergency in Tombstone because of flooding in the wake of a recent wildfire.

The governor’s office says the Monument Fire in southeastern Arizona destroyed vegetation that normally would have prevented flooding and debris flows from affecting those living downstream of the burned area.

The office says that summer monsoon storms have caused flooding, erosion and mudslides that led to “significant damage” to the city’s primary source of water.

Tombstone draws more than half its water supply from springs in the Monument Fire burn area. Until repairs can be made, city residents are relying on backup water sources shared with neighboring jurisdictions.

The emergency declaration authorizes $50,000 from the governor’s emergency fund to help Tombstone recover engineering and repair costs to its water system. The money does not cover individual homes that have been damaged.

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