Wild monsoon weather again Saturday

2013-07-28T05:00:00Z Wild monsoon weather again SaturdayBy DAILY SUN STAFF Arizona Daily Sun
July 28, 2013 5:00 am  • 

Saturday was another day of widespread and heavy monsoon activity in northern Arizona, which was under a general flash flood watch until late evening.

The National Weather Service in Bellemont issued specific flash flood warnings for Antelope Canyon, Havasu Creek, Ash Fork and washes west of Cameron.

Severe thunderstorms in those areas unleashed between 1 and 2 inches of rain in a short period, causing creeks and washes to overflow.

One foot of water was reported in businesses in the west part of Ash Fork.

Water was flowing over the footbridges in the Supai area and a stream gauge on Havasu Creek above Supai measured a 1,200 cubic-foot-per-second rise in 30 minutes ending at 3:15 p.m.

Saturday’s downpours mirrored those on Friday, only at different locations in the region.

An estimated 1.6 inches of rain fell within a short period Friday afternoon at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. National Park Service rangers reported flash flooding of Garden Creek along Bright Angel Trail. Rangers temporarily closed sections of the trail near Indian Garden until flows subsided in the creek. No injuries were reported.

All trails were open Saturday, but hikers should be aware that debris and washouts have affected parts of the Bright Angel Trail between the Three Mile Resthouse and Phantom Ranch.

Friday also saw a single-vehicle accident around 3 p.m. just west of Navajo Point on Desert View Drive. Two people were transported to Flagstaff Medical Center. Motorists experienced delays and temporary closures for several hours as crews worked to clear the accident scene.

The forecast calls for more wet weather today, with a slight drying trend Monday.

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