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Storm Damage Throughout Yavapai County

26 January 2010  
A State of Emergency was declared for Yavapai County; Black Canyon City hardest hit.
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Yavapai County Works Director Phil Bourdon examines a washed-out low water crossing in the Black Canyon City area.

Not only did the Prescott's Mayor Marlin Kuykendall declare a State of Emergency for the City, but Board of Supervisors Chairman Chip Davis also declared a State of Emergency for Yavapai County on Thursday, January 21.

In Governor Jan Brewer's Emergency Declaration, which activates the State Emergency Operations Center, however, neither Yavapai County or Prescott were mentioned. Prescott eNews spoke with Paul Senseman, spokesman for Governor Brewer, who assured us that Yavapai County is included in that Declaration:

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Download Governor Brewer's Declaration of the State of Emergency and her Activation of the State Emergency Operations Center.

Yavapai County Emergency Manager Nick Angiolillo explained that the Governor's emergency fund is eligible to any jurisdiction for any immediate need related to the current emergency. Angiolillo noted that a National Guard helicopter was sent to Black Canyon City to bring water to an isolated community.

According to Supervisor Tom Thurman, Black Canyon City was the hardest hit community in Yavapai County.

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Noting that one life was lost in the storm, that of 6-year-old Jacob Baudek, Thurman spoke of the importance of paying attention to hazard signs and being extremely cautious around unexpected low water crossings:

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Thurman also discussed the importance of looking out for neighbors who might be in need, and pledged that the County is here to help when necessary:

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When asked about the cost of responding to emergencies such as this, especially when the County's budget is so tight, Thurman dismissed the budget as being of much lower importance than human life.

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As far as other communities in Yavapai County, Thurman states that, "We dodged a bullet."

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As a final note, Thurman stated that there would be a meeting in Black Canyon City next Monday night to discuss what aid the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide.

According to documents emailed by State Senator Steve Pierce, the State of Arizona is, "continuing to respond to assistance and resource requests from the counties, cities and towns, and tribal governments. The following counties have declared emergencies: Apache County*, Coconino County*, Gila County*, Greenlee County, La Paz County, Mohave County, Maricopa County*, Navajo County*, Pinal County, and Yavapai County; additional jurisdictions are anticipated to declare. (* denotes counties included in the Governor’s initial emergency declaration on January 21, 2010)."

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Lynne LaMaster