Flooding cleanup underway throughout Valley, outlying areas

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

VALLEYWIDE -- People all over the Valley and outlying areas are cleaning up after a storm swept through the state leaving flooded roads, washes, streams and creeks in its wake.

With 4.5 inches of rain in just a couple of hours, New River is one of the hardest hit areas. Fast-moving water continues to flow down a normally dry river bed. At its peak, the wash was more than 10 feet deep.

"It was so full," Kendra Robinson said. "We had never seen it so full in a long time. It was dangerous. … Roads are destroyed because of this water. We never see it like this."

As they clean up, people also are searching for livestock and dogs that might have been swept away.

Many residents say they do not have flood insurance because they never thought they would need it.

New River was the site of a dramatic rescue. Two women were trapped in their home when several feet of floodwater surrounded their house. Firefighters long-lined down to the home from the Phoenix Firebird helicopter. After about an hour, rescuers were able to walk Marcia Fuller and Tracey Tumlinson to safety. Crews rescued the women's three dogs, as well.

No injuries were reported in any of the numerous water-rescue operations reported Tuesday.

Cave Creek, Sunnyslope and South Mountain were battered by Mother Nature, as well.

In Scottsdale, Indian Bend Wash overflowed and flooded El Dorado Park. A woman in a wheelchair was caught in the flooding. Rescue crews were able to get her out. The park is still a small lake.

The Red Cross is helping residents affected by the flooding.