Mass evacuation ordered, emergency declared in eastern Arizona flooding

Mass evacuation ordered, emergency declared in eastern Arizona flooding

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Mass evacuation ordered, emergency declared in eastern Arizona flooding

The Southwest's dangerous  flooding Monday overwhelmed the Old West town of Duncan, prompting "mass  evacuation" and a local state of emergency.

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Mass evacuation ordered, emergency declared in eastern Arizona flooding

which listed more than a dozen streets in the 712-person town as subject to the order.

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Mass evacuation ordered, emergency declared in eastern Arizona flooding

Mayor Anne Thurman declared the state of emergency shortly after noon. She cited rainfall since Aug.

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Mass evacuation ordered, emergency declared in eastern Arizona flooding

15, dangerous flooding and "extreme peril to life and property," according to the declaration. Thurman formally asked the state for first responder resources.

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Mass evacuation ordered, emergency declared in eastern Arizona flooding

In an afternoon  update, the town said new concerns about the integrity of a century-old  river levee that had been breached earlier Monday means that evacuees  should continue to stay away.

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Mass evacuation ordered, emergency declared in eastern Arizona flooding

The Gila River,  which runs through town on its journey from Gila National Forest in New  Mexico to the Colorado River in Yuma, crested after 7 a.m. at 2.5 feet  above what's considered its flood state, federal forecasters said.

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Mass evacuation ordered, emergency declared in eastern Arizona flooding

Images obtained by NBC News showed the river encroaching on the town as floodwaters took over some streets and a gas station,

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Mass evacuation ordered, emergency declared in eastern Arizona flooding

Images obtained by NBC News showed the river encroaching on the town as floodwaters took over some streets and a gas station,

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