Storms damage west

From flooding in Arizona, to snow and damaging ice in other states, storms have been hitting a widespread area of the U.S. - and there are more to come.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | January 5, 2005


From flooding in Arizona, to snow and damaging ice in other states, storms have been hitting a widespread area of the U.S. - and there are more to come.

In Arizona, at least 25 homes have suffered flood damage in Coconino County, according to Judy Kioski, public information officer for the Arizona Division of Emergency Management. State-level assessment teams were on the ground Wednesday assessing damages in three other counties - Yavapai, Gila and Navajo. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano has declared a state of emergency for all four affected counties.

Strong Pacific storms will continue to bring widespread heavy rain to Arizona later this week and into next week, said Kioski. Flash flood warnings have been issued throughout the state.

In Gila County, high waters persist in Tonto Creek, affecting the communities of Punkin Center, and the Tonto Basin, according to regional Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports. An Army National Guard helicopter was activated and is standing by in Pumpkin Center should the need arise.

In Navajo County, a team is working to repair a breach in the Winslow levee that may fail if a significant amount of rain falls. Five hundred people could be affected. Evacuation plans are in place should the need arise, reported FEMA, which notified response groups.

Missouri also reported flooding in the southwestern portion of the state, according to Susie Stonner, public information officer for Missouri emergency management.

Heavy rain fell from southern Missouri to central and southern Ohio Tuesday night and was continuing on Wednesday, where rain amounts could exceed 3 inches, forecasters said. Emergency responders were most concerned about parts of southern Indiana and Ohio. Heavy snow that fell during Christmas week has melted, leaving the ground heavily saturated.

A winter storm was also hitting Oklahoma Wednesday, and the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management reported it was monitoring the situation.

Snow and ice began in many states Tuesday night and could last through Thursday, forecasters said, with the heaviest snow falling across central portions of Nebraska and Iowa. Snow amounts will exceed 12 inches.

And, in a continuation of a long line of severe Pacific storms, yet another storm is beginning to make a move toward weather-wracked California.


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