Surge of runoff floods streets, homes in Wenden

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by The Associated Press

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Posted on January 22, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 22 at 5:52 PM

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WENDEN -- A 2-foot surge of runoff from a powerful winter storm early Friday morning flooded streets and an unknown number of homes in the western Arizona community of Wenden.

Lt. Glenn Gilbert of the La Paz County Sheriff's Office says no one was reported missing or injured.

An unknown number of people were evacuated from their homes.

The flooding receded late Thursday, but returned several hours later when a surge of runoff came through a nearby wash. The flooding hadn't slackened by 8 a.m. Friday.

Gilbert says a crew in a Marine Corps helicopter was flying over the area in case anyone had been swept away or stranded.

The community of 500 people about 100 miles west of Phoenix was hit by a more severe flood in 2000.

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