Weekend storm soaks city

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The city park/drainage ditch at the corner of Eastern and Southern avenues sits filled with water after heavy rains over the weekend.

NICHOLAS WILBUR/Miner The city park/drainage ditch at the corner of Eastern and Southern avenues sits filled with water after heavy rains over the weekend.

Kingman's weekend storm dumped more rain over a 37-hour period than is than normal for the entire month of January.

Rainfall for the first month of the year averages 1.28 inches, according to the Western Regional Climate Center in Reno, Nev.

Mohave County Department of Public Works rain gauges indicate that in the period between 6 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Monday, 1.65 inches fell at Interstate 40 where it intersects Harrison Street. Moses Wash west of the city recorded 1.73 inches.

Other totals measured included: 1.31 inches at the public works office on Andy Devine Avenue; 1.81 inches at Northern Avenue and Stockton Hill Road; and 1.26 inches in Coyote Pass.

"We had closures over the weekend of Devlin and Diagonal washes," said Mike Hendrix, director of the Mohave County Department of Public Works. "Bank Street between Gordon Drive and Northern Avenue also was closed due to water six inches deep that some motorists tried to speed through and stalled out.

"Hualapai Mountain crews are holding their own. They've bladed snow down to 3,500 feet, according to one verbal report I have."

All roads in the Kingman area were open as of 8 a.m. Monday.

Some 1,100 UniSource Energy customers in Kingman were without electricity for about an hour between 6 and 7 p.m. Saturday, said Bill DeJulio, the county's general manager of electric operations.

"We don't know why, but a pole on Berk Avenue near Fourth Street caught fire and for the safety of all we de-energized the circuit to allow firefighters to put it out and our crews to repair the damage quickly," he said.

The outage extended along Wilshire Avenue east to Western Avenue and also affected areas south of Interstate 40 and west of Stockton Hill Road to about Club Avenue, DeJulio said.

A number of intermittent outages also were reported in the city and Golden Valley - all weather-related.

Chief Joe Jackson of the Pinion Pine Fire Department said he awoke Monday morning to 3-4 inches of snow on the ground around his station, which is at 5,000 feet.

"It's a wet, slushy snow," Jackson said. "County crews have been grading the roads around here since early (Monday) morning, so all paved roads are passable. But I don't know about higher up."

A call placed to the Hualapai Mountain Ranger Station, which is located at about 6,300 feet, was not immediately returned.

Kingman Firefighters were kept busy Saturday night and Sunday, Battalion Chief Bill Johnston said.

They responded to reports of vehicles stalled in flooded washes between 11 p.m. Saturday and midnight at Eastern Street and Interstate 40, and at Willow Road and Kino Avenue. Both vehicles were pushed out of the washes and no water rescues were reported.

"We had a lot of faulty fire alarm activations due to the weather," Johnston said.

"There also were numerous slip and falls on wet pavement."

Two males around 80 fell Saturday night and were taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center. An 88-year-old female fell Sunday night and also was taken to KRMC.

A weather report issued about 7 a.m. Monday by the National Weather Service in Las Vegas had the Kingman area under a snow advisory until noon with snow possible down to 3,500 feet and accumulations of 3-7 inches. By 9:30 a.m. the advisory had been canceled.

Sunny skies are forecast today and Wednesday. High temperatures today should be in the upper 40s and rise to the low 50s Wednesday.