Monsoon storms cause flooding and power outages

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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

PHOENIX -- The rain on Saturday proved to be too much for some parts of Arizona, especially in North Phoenix.

In the Sunnyslope area, drivers had a tough time getting around due to the water and the mud.

Flooded washes didn’t keep every driver from going through, but others decided not to risk it. They didn't want to end up getting stuck.

"Cars kept turning around going the other way. One actually stalled trying to go through it. It was like an ocean raging through," said Christina Lehman who lives in the area.

Just up the street near 16th street and Hatcher, mud was the only thing it took for a driver to get stuck.

"Ya, that's really what stopped them is mud. You couldn't really tell. I drove it minutes before and it was fine," said Jason Snider.

It took neighbors and even firefighters to get the driver out.

"We just grabbed some shovels, and a lot of neighbors came out to help," said Snider.

At one point, neighbors said the whole street was flooded.

"It came for about half an hour. It was pretty steady," said Marcus Rasmussen, who lives in the neighborhood.

Rasmussen said garbage cans even floated by his home.

"Came from the alley, and there was so much water it was literally like a boat just floating down the road," he said. When he looked out to his carport, "It was right at the bottom of the door,”.

Rasmussen said he had to knock down the back doors to his yard to drain out the water that was rushing to get in his home.

"There's an alley back there, so I opened up that door too and as you can see it was up to the bottom of that gate," he said.

Rasmussen is now cleaning up the debris. 

The storm also caused power outages for thousands of APS customers in North Phoenix, Scottsdale and Glendale.

The monsoon made another appearance Sunday evening, mostly impacting the West Valley.

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for central Maricopa County until 6:30 p.m. The warning included Goodyear, Surprise, Sun City, Litchfield Park and Avondale.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in effect for northwest Maricopa County, including Wickenburg, until 5:45 p.m. Two inches of rain fell in Wickenburg within 30 minutes. The weather service reported some roof damage.

APS reported around 5 p.m. that service was interrupted for about 1,184 people in Buckeye.