Homes still in danger following Arizona wildfires
A crowd of concerned homeowners gathered in Hereford for a public hearing with state and local officials. The discussion focused on the aftermath of the three recent major fires in southern Arizona. Video by kgun9.comvideo
We live just off of Miller Canyon Rd. in Hereford. It rained on the mountain right above us for 25 minutes, about 10 minutes after the storm moved on a wall of water came down our little 6" wide sometime creek! Image by Richard Anderson
Reporter: Corinne Hautala
HEREFORD, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) – A crowd of concerned homeowners gathered in Hereford for a public hearing with state and local officials. The discussion focused on the aftermath of the three recent major fires in southern Arizona.
Ross Miller says his neighborhood now floods anytime it rains.
"There were flows and waves six feet high," he describes one of the major floods in his neighborhood.
Forestry officials say the fire burned so much of the vegetation on the mountain and debris from the fire still sits in the channels, that it is forcing all the rain straight down the mountain.
Gerry Gonzalez with the U.S. Department of Agriculture says they are still working to evaluate the channels to determine if more need to be opened, but the bulk of the work won’t be done until after the monsoon season.
"You're going to do something that's going to get washed in a couple of days. Now, is not the time to do that. Our advice is to protect your property and try to get through the monsoon season," said Gonzalez.