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More Flooding Could Impact Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek rose from about 3 feet to more than 10 feet after a storm system passed through over the weekend. Rain and melting snowfall contributed to the flooding.

More rain, as well as snowfall in higher elevations, is expected before Wednesday.

Sedona Fire District Chief Jayson Coil is advising those in the area to watch the weather, and he’s also advising motorists to drive safely.

“The difference between 6 inches of water and a foot of water can be the difference between your vehicle making it across and not," Coil said. "If there’s water across the roadway, turn around, don’t drive across it.”

According to Coil, the creek’s level has fallen to 4 1/2 feet. 

After spending seven months as a news intern for KJZZ, Matt Kling returned in January 2019 as a general assignment reporter, mainly on the weekends.Kling’s radio career started when he joined Blaze Radio as freshman at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School. At Blaze Radio he has served as a host, producer and assistant production director. He’s also interned for KTAR before joining KJZZ in 2018.Kling also has extensive work in television production, working as a director, technical director and other positions for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. Today, Kling serves as a newscast producer for Cronkite News. He anticipates graduation from the Cronkite School in May 2019.When he’s not working, you can find Kling out and about on the town, or in his downtown Phoenix apartment watching his favorite Philadelphia sports teams.