CASA GRANDE — Flash flood warnings are still in effect for many parts of the state including Pinal County as monsoon storms continue to roll through Arizona.
On Monday storms briefly closed the Prescott Airport and a funnel cloud was spotted in Prescott and Chino Valley. The roof of an Elks Lodge in Prescott Valley was damaged and a lightning strike caused a fire in a city water pump house.
The storms continued in many parts of the state on Monday through Wednesday and are expected to continue to at least the end of the week.
Of particular concern for local governments is flash flooding in areas that were recently burned by wildfires.
A rapid downpour in Flagstaff Tuesday caused flash flooding that swept debris from the two-year-old Museum fire scar onto city streets and Interstate 40, causing the Coconino County Emergency Management Department to issue a shelter in place order for certain neighborhoods, according to the Arizona Daily Sun.
Wildfires burn off vegetation that would normally absorb rainfall and hold soil in place. Fires can also damage the soil, causing it to absorb less water, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The National Weather Service's Flagstaff station issued another flash flood warning for the area Wednesday afternoon, listing possible rainfall totals of 1-2 inches in less than an hour. A flash flood watch for eastern Pinal County is in effect until 11 p.m. Thursday.
The Arizona Department of Transportation reported flooding on State Route 177 south of Superior near the Telegraph Fire scar. The Telegraph Fire burned more than 180,000 acres and 52 structures south of Superior and Globe during the month of June.
The National Weather Service Phoenix station reported more than 6 inches of rain over the last three days in the Globe area. It has also extended a flash flood watch for wildfire burn scars in the areas east of Phoenix until 11 a.m. Thursday.