Flooding Damages Arizona RV Resort
Floodwaters in Northwest Arizona's Mohave County damaged a campground, washed away four homes and damaged a dozen more Tuesday (Dec. 21) after heavy rains caused flooding along Beaver Dam Wash and the Virgin River in Littlefield, the Tucson Citizen reported
Mohave County spokesman Darryle Purcell said that at approximately 4:45 p.m., three unoccupied houses were lost due to flooding along Beaver Dam Wash, with a fourth about to collapse. An additional 12 residences were affected by floodwaters, Purcell said.
About 200 feet of an area within Beaver Dam Resort, an RV park and retirement community near Mesquite, was submerged.
The county’s Operation Center on Monday night had issued an evacuation for residents of the community, Purcell said. Sheriff’s officials and firefighters went from home to home and by Tuesday morning, all residents had been notified. However only 10% chose to evacuate, Purcell said.
The Red Cross set up an emergency shelter at a high school in Mesquite, Nev., for residents of Littlefield at 11:30 p.m. Monday.
Purcell said the early warning gauges at Beaver Dam late Tuesday showed a flow similar to those of a 2005 flood that caused severe damage.
“The only difference is that we are well prepared this time,” Deputy County Manager Mike Hendrix said. “Our early warning system is in place and has given us the time to notify people to evacuate. And our new bridge over the wash is designed to handle a 500-year flood.”