MAYER, Ariz. - After most of the city of Mayer was spared by the flames of the Goodwin Fire, people were on edge Thursday because of the increased chance of flooding.
Marcie Slay with the Yavapai County Office of Emergency Services said there was good reason.
“When a fire like that comes through, the soil can’t absorb the rain like it normally would,” Slay said.
With monsoon here, businessowner Gregory Whitson feared it wouldn’t be long before his shop, Justin Sayne Leather, was surrounded by water.
“All of the water that comes down into Mayer winds up on this street and then floods down right in front of my building,” Whitson said.
Central Avenue is also home to downtown and several city buildings such as the post office and justice court. Behind it runs Big Bug Creek, which could fill up with water and ash.
“The areas around that are some of the big concern for possible flooding,” Slay said.
The Burned Area Response Emergency Team, or BARE, expects to have a report showing areas in danger and the best ways to prepare by July 17.
In the meantime, Slay suggested the public be ready. There are three free sandbag stations: Junction Christian Fellowship in Poland Junction, the Mayer Fire Station and in Spring Valley at 13802 S. Burton Road.
Slay warned, if the water comes rushing in, turn around.
“If you can’t see the road, don’t cross it,” Slay said.
With a look at what may come down the road, Whitson said he's planning ahead.
“I’ll be calling the insurance man when I get inside,” Whitson said.
You can click here for more information on preparing for a flood in Yavapai County.