Flash flooding prompted mandatory evacuation orders for Big Bug Creek area

MAYER, Ariz. (KSAZ/AP) -- Heavy rain has caused flash flooding in washes and creeks in the north-central Arizona town of Mayer.

Yavapai County Sheriff's officials say some residents in low-lying areas near Big Bug Creek and the Chimney Ranch trailer park along Highway 69 were told to evacuate Thursday afternoon.

According to the National Weather Service - Flagstaff, a flash flood warning continued for the Goodwin fire scar through 6:15 p.m. Over two inches of rain had fallen on the scar; Big Bug Creek had risen five feet in a short span.

>>VIDEO: Weather radar from Mayer, AZ

Sheriff's officials say water was starting to recede by about 4:30 p.m. and a shelter had been set up at Mayer High School if needed, but was closed after the evacuation order was lifted.

Authorities say much of the affected spots were in the area of the burn scar left from a wildfire last year that forced an evacuation in Mayer.

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