Floodwater and Debris Surge Through Flagstaff

Floodwater carrying debris from a wildfire burn scar flowed through the streets in Flagstaff, Arizona, for the second day in a row on July 14.

Local media reports said the burn scar from the Museum Fire received about one inch of rain Wednesday. Other parts of Flagstaff not in the burn scar area also flooded after getting more than two and a half inches of rain.

This footage, filmed by local geology student Chad Kwiatkowski, shows debris-filled floodwater rushing down a residential street. When he posted it, he wrote, “Post-wildfire flooding in Flagstaff today from the first series of major storms since the Museum Fire of 2019 burned steep slopes and made the soil unable to hold water.” Credit: Chad Kwiatkowski via Storyful