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Southeastern Arizona town flooding as Gila River crests

Evacuations are underway in a southeastern Arizona town as floodwater topped the Gila River.

The Duncan Valley Rural Fire District said on its Facebook page that the Gila River rose to more than 22 feet. That categorizes it as a major flood stage. The river crests at 19 feet and rose suddenly 2 feet Sunday, according to officials. 

The Greenlee County fairgrounds is being used as an evacuation center, and officials said people could move their livestock to the fair’s corrals. 

The National Weather Service in Tucson alerted to a flood warning for Greenlee and Graham counties in southeastern Arizona until Tuesday.

Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.