Storm cleanup underway after destructive monsoon storms

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 13 at 6:35 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix area got more rain Wednesday morning but a flash flood watch issued for the metro area and other parts of south-central and southwestern Arizona has expired.
 
Storm runoff and wet conditions slowed traffic during the morning commute.

The National Weather Service says showers lingered into mid-morning and that south Phoenix got hit hard with 2-3 inches of rain.
 
There were no immediate reports of extensive damage, but the Phoenix Fire Department says 16 people were rescued Tuesday evening from vehicles stuck in flooded streets.

Road closures

  • Dobbins from 10th Avenue to 35th Avenue (until 3 p.m. Thursday)
  • 19th Avenue from Baseline Road to Dobbins Road
  • 27th Avenue from Baseline Road to Dobbins Road
  • 35th Avenue from Baseline Road to Dobbins Road
  • Baseline Road from 19th Avenue to 27th Avenue

Authorities say at least 16 people were rescued Tuesday evening from vehicles stuck in flooded streets in Phoenix. Parts of the Tucson area also got heavy rain, and the storm downed trees and utility poles in Tempe.

Flights at Sky Harbor International Airport were delayed and 2,400 customers in Tempe lost power.

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