Fish spotted swimming in streets as runoff floods Glendale homes

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

GLENDALE, Ariz.--- Runoff from a golf course flooded homes and streets in Glendale after strong storms passed through the Valley Monday.

The water was a foot deep or more in spots in the cul-de-sacs around 49th Avenue, just north of Bell Road.

"We put towels down and tried to stop it," Thelma Boling told 3TV, as she walked through her soaked home.

The water ran several inches deep through her kitchen, living room, and bedrooms.

"We've got fans going to get rid of the mildew, but the rugs will have to be replaced," she said, noting the last time this happened was in 1990.

The deep, rushing waters ran through streets and yards, creating a mess spanning a several-block radius.

Graham Gushock's grandmother used a raft to pick him up at his bus stop.

"My nana pulled up in the raft and took my backpack, and I was shocked to see all of this," he said.

The nine-year-old grabbed his fishing rod and tried to snag one of the fish seen swimming through the streets. They escaped from the golf course's overflowing pond.

Other neighbors removed covers from drains and cleared debris to help the floodwaters drain away.