Latest monsoon storm leaves swath of damage in Tempe, E. Valley

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Residents of Tempe are cleaning up after the latest monsoon storm rolled through the area with a microburst Sunday.

Nearly half an inch of rain fell at Tempe Marketplace in a very short time -- about 30 minutes. The microburst left quite a bit of damage in its wake.

The VCA Tri-City Animal Hospital on Broadway Road just east of the Loop 101 Price Freeway was evacuated after the roof collapsed. Three cats and two dogs were inside when the storm rolled through. Those animals were not injured.

The Villa Tree apartment complex not far away sustained serious damage, as well.

Wind gusts up to 70 mph uprooted a large tree, causing it to fall into the swimming pool in the center of the complex, while people were swimming.

They said the storm came out of nowhere.

"It was drizzling just a little bit when all of a sudden the rain just went sideways," Kevin Macombe said. He broke his finger protecting his girlfriend. "The tree fell on us. Luckily, my finger broke the fall of the tree."

"I heard crackling and then I felt like a branch hit me," Matt Cady said.

There are several other downed trees on the property.

"Trees everywhere!" Daneka Young said as she surveyed the damage. "Trees coming out at the roots all over the complex. ... They're going to have a lot of work to do."

Sunday monsoon storms roll through Valley

PHOENIX -- The monsoon made another appearance Sunday evening, mostly impacting the East and 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.

The Loop 101 Price Freeway was closed at University Drive because a Cox cable line fell across the road, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area because long delays are expected. Traffic was backed up on L-101 Price Freeway between Loop 202 Red Mountain and Southern Avenue.

The freeway was back open in time for the Monday morning rush hour, but the frontage road remained closed in both directions between University Drive and Rio Salado Parkway. There was no estimated time to reopen the frontage road.

Strong wind toppled some large trees at a Tempe apartment complex.

The storm also damaged the roof of an animal hospital at the Loop 101 and Broadway Road.