Southeast Arizona rapidly transitioned from the spring drought conditions to the wet summer Monsoon season by the first week of July. The Monsoon season is characterized by frequent thunderstorm activity (almost daily over the mountains), severe convection, heavy rainfall and flash flooding. The National Weather Service recognized the immediate need to raise awareness of the increased potential for flash flooding and debris flows in the burned areas. Within a few days of the Monument fire becoming contained, heavy rainfall caused a flash flood which damaged multiple homes, closed major roads, caused a debris flow and re-sculptured the water channels.
This presentation will discuss how the level of awareness for flash floods was raised in a very short amount of time within the affected communities and what educational materials were used. In additional to traditional methods, emerging technologies, social media applications and multiple interactions with various public agencies were employed to help educate those affected.