Chairman declares Local Emergency After Overnight Flooding in Gila Bend

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for Immediate Release
August 14, 2021 
Ron Coleman/Emergency Management/602-525-8698
Kim Katchur/Department of Transportation/602-723-6998 

Chairman Declares Local Emergency After Gila Bend Flooding

At 9:33 a.m. on August 14th, 2021, Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Jack Sellers, declared a Local Emergency for Maricopa County. The Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management has activated the Emergency Operations Center to coordinate community organizations and assist with response activities. 

The declaration gives Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management access to emergency funds to be used to support response activities.  It also requests the State of Arizona declare an emergency in support of response operations. 

This follows the Local Emergency Declaration earlier this day from Mayor Chris Riggs with the Town of Gila Bend. Mayor Riggs requested support from Maricopa County due to extreme flooding overnight in Gila Bend.

In addition to the Emergency Operations Center, the Maricopa County Department of Transportation is responding with crews and equipment to remove debris from roads and assist with recovery.  The Maricopa County Flood Control District is also monitoring the monsoon storms that produced almost four inches of rain in a short period of time. They will continue to monitor stream gauges and rainfall and provide updates to the community.

Media can contact the public information officers listed on this release for more information.