Protect your home from storm runoff and flash flooding
There are some steps you can take to protect your home from heavy storm runoff and flash flooding. The Yavapai County Flood Control District is encouraging residents to clean out drainage ditches and pipes on their property. Any pipes that are damaged should be repaired or replaced. Secure or remove any personal property that’s in an area where storm water flows. Raise items on blocks in and around your home if it’s prone to flooding. Secure objects to keep them from moving or being carried away by flood waters. Store materials like plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber for protection from floodwaters and to make quick repairs after a storm. Flood Control District officials are reminding people not to drive in flooded areas. If you accidentally drive onto a flooded street, turn around if you can do so safely and drive to higher ground. Arizona has a Stupid Motorist law, meaning if emergency services are called to rescue a motorist who drives around barricades into a flooded area, towing and other services can be billed to the driver, plus an additional liability of 2 thousand dollars.
Hastings is closing
After more than 25 years at its Prescott location at Iron Springs and Willow Creek Roads, Hastings Entertainment is closing its doors. Last month, the Amarillo, Texas-based company issued a letter on its website stating it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but stores would remain open. As of July 13th, all 126 stores are no longer accepting gift cards and aren’t allowing refunds, exchanges or credits on accounts. An Everything Must Go sale agreement has been made, meaning all stores must have everything sold by October 31st. The company, which was founded by Sam Marmaduke in 1968, has debts that total 139 million dollars. All stores are expected to be closed by the end of October.
PUSD getting ready for school
The Prescott Unified School District is getting ready for the August 4th start of school. On Monday morning at 8, there will be a New Teacher Breakfast and Orientation at the Prescott High School Library on Ruth Street. New teachers report to their schools for check-in at 1 that afternoon. New Teacher Orientation Training will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 to 11:30. Superintendent Joe Howard explains planning for the new school year gets started right away. Howard describes what else is involved in the preparation process. New teachers will also be at their schools to work in the classroom from 12:30 to 3:45 next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
New park in PV
Prescott Valley’s newest park is 1 step closer to becoming a reality. Bob Edwards Park, which will be located at Viewpoint and Long Look Drives has been in the works for almost a decade. Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation Director Brian Witty says funding is now available for this project. Witty describes what features this park will include. Witty says the town can add other items to the park later on. Town Council members discussed this project last night.