Anthem gets more than 5 inches of rain in 90 minutes

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

ANTHEM, Ariz. -- The town of Anthem is on the mend after getting hit by heavy rains and wind on Tuesday evening.

The Weather Service is reporting that in just 90 minutes Anthem was soaked by more than five inches of rain. They also experienced wind gusts of up to 64 mph.

The extreme weather resulted in trees, street signs, and block walls being torn down. Hail and rain also covered roads and parking lots throughout the community.

“Public health and safety is our main concern as we work to clear debris,” said Jenna Kollings, Anthem Community Council’s Community Executive Officer. “The ACC is committed to ensuring the safety of all those who live, work, and volunteer in our community by working with law enforcement, county, city and vendor partners to address the ACC facility, parks, and street damage issues.”

Several facilities across Anthem remained closed on Wednesday due to the weather damage. Adventure Playground, Liberty Bell Park, Community Center Tennis Courts 1, 2 and 3, and all sports fields were among the facilities that were closed.

Parkside residents will be able to receive free tree and debris chipping Wednesday and Thursday. Residents just need to break down the debris, leave it on the curb, and then call either 623-742-6004 or 602-721-6271.

Authorities are also reminding everyone to keep their children out of flooded areas and drive with caution.

For more information visit www.OnlineatAnthem.com.