Rimrock AZ (February 15, 2019) – Last night, the area of Rimrock along Beaver Creek experienced heavy flooding. Many of the homes along the creeks edge as well as other low lying areas quickly filled with several feet of water. Deputies initially responded to the area at approximately 9:30 PM and immediately began evacuations. The fire department was called and they assisted with evacuations including a response from their swift water rescue team. Several deputies walked in waste deep flowing water, and carried elderly, children, and dogs to safety. Four people and two dogs were rescued out of a van that ended up disabled in several feet of water. Deputies barricaded low lying access roads. YCSO had also issued its Code Red Emergency Notification alert to residents along the creek with instructions to evacuate.
Yavapai County Emergency Management was advised and coordinated with the Red Cross to set a shelter at Beaver Creek Baptist Church. This location would also be used later by CVMO for evacuations in Camp Verde. At approximately 2am, the creek began to recede and by 4 am the evacuation order was cancelled but heavy caution to homeowners warning of barricaded flooded roads, large floating debris, and no utilities.
Deputies remain in the area to assist residents as needed and report concerns to public works and other county agencies regarding damage/debris assessment and road conditions.
Please – do not attempt to drive across flooded roads – TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN…
The photo shows water nearly cresting the bridge at Sycamore Community Park in the 4100 block of Beaver Vista Road, Lake Montezuma.
This video is from Bates Road in Cottonwood near the Verde River — Roads leading into this area are remain closed.