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Havasu soaked: Flood advisory issued during Tuesday’s rains for southern Mohave County

January 16, 2019

Sometimes when it rains, it pours.

Lake Havasu City was one of more than a dozen areas listed in a Tuesday flood advisory from the National Weather Service, after the region of southern Mohave County endured daylong rainfall.

Rain began to fall over Havasu Monday evening, and by 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, the city had been showered with 0.8 inches. As dark clouds hovered over the city, rainfall persisted into Tuesday afternoon, with the National Weather Service predicting an additional inch of precipitation by 8 p.m.

While potential flooding led to Mohave County officials closing some roads in the Wikieup area, other areas predicted to experience flooding this week included parts of Havasu, Yucca, Alamo Lake, Desert Hills, Cattail Cove State Park, Hualapai Mountain Park and other locations throughout Mohave County.

The National Weather Service advised that flooded roads should be avoided, as most flood deaths occur in vehicles. “In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain,” the advisory said. “Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route.”

Havasu remained under a flood advisory throughout Tuesday, while the areas of Kingman, Peach Springs, Dolan Springs, Wikieup and areas east of Parker Dam remained under a flash flood watch from the National Weather Service.

According to weather service forecasts, Wednesday is expected to remain sunny, with a high temperature of 63 degrees. Clouds will return Wednesday evening, the agency reported, and Havasu could experience more rainfall throughout Thursday.

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