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UES Volunteers Help Mudslide Victims

Investigators determined that an abandoned campfire started the Schultz Fire in the summer 2010.

Two years later, residents of a north Flagstaff community remain in harm's way of dangerous and damaging mudslides, the side effect of the burned forest that could threaten their homes and way of life for another five years.

While the fire that burned more than 15,000 acres about four miles north of Flagstaff in the Coconino National Forest has been contained, fears of the ongoing aftermath are anything but.

"We all have friends, associates, co-workers, or relatives who were affected by the Shultz flooding," said Martin Anaya, district manager for UES in Flagstaff.

That's why UES employee volunteers have joined efforts with community leaders, including United Way of Northern Arizona, in assisting neighborhoods in preparing for rain, snow and eventual new flooding that will occur.

UES vehicles have been especially helpful in delivering sandbags to homeowners whose properties are at highest risk for flooding.

In more severe areas, concrete blockades used for roadway constructions sites have been placed around in the high risk zones to protect channel the force of water as it makes its way down the mountain and into neighborhoods.

While the barriers help homeowners feel safer, they are also a constant reminder that that their community is under attack.

Volunteers are needed on a regular basis to both fill and place sandbags on properties at risk for flooding.

Volunteers are asked to bring sunscreen and water. Volunteers performing sandbagging and sediment removal are encouraged to bring gloves, wear long pants and closed toe shoes.

Contact United Way of Northern Arizona to find out when and where to help.

 

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