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When it rains, it pours

VVN/Philip Wright

The Verde River spilled onto residential property Tuesday afternoon in the Bridgeport area. The river was about 12-feet when this photo was taken at 3:20 p.m. ti was predicted to crest at 15.5-feet at 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The Verde River bore the brunt of this last bout with high water, Oak Creek showing little change in height. The Verde River crested at 16 feet on Tuesday at 11 p.m.

VVFD official report that Yavapai County supplies flood warning signs that were posted in flood prone areas along the Verde River and that residents listened to suggestions to evacuate, thereby eliminating rescue situations.

According to Eberle, the Verde River crested at around midnight, Jan. 11 at more than 16 feet, some 22,000 cubic feet per second, similar to the episode two weeks ago. At noon on Jan. 12 the flood warning expired and was downgraded to flood watch as high water areas still exist.

Eberle said that local fire crews worked with Sedona Fire District as the water system first channels water thorough Sedona, thus providing an early warning system.

Eberle said that areas in Bridgeport were hardest hit, such as residents on Bates Road and the lower end or Comanche Drive in Verde Village Unit 5.

Several residents showed up at VVFD for sandbags but after the water crested, few reported to the Red Cross disaster center at the station.

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