Rain brings severe flooding to Apache Junction

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- This week's storms are hitting hard in Apache Junction, bringing flooded streets and hazardous driving conditions.

The National Weather Service says Apache Junction got up to two inches of rain early Thursday.

The rain made for lots of standing water in some low-lying areas. One driver found himself stuck in the high waters, and had to be rescued by Apache Junction firefighters. The driver is going to be okay, but his van remained struck in the flooded roadway.

Fire officials caution that drivers should not venture into areas where water covers the road.

A rushing wash also gushed right through the streets near Imagine Prep school near Southern and Ironwood. School buses had a hard time getting through the water, but all students were dropped off safely.

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Rain floods some areas of Arizona, leads to rescue

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) -- Storms dropped heavy rain in parts of southern and central Arizona, flooding roadways in some low-lying areas and leading firefighters to rescue a man whose van got stuck.

The National Weather Service says up to 2 inches of rain fell early Thursday in Apache Junction, a city on the eastern fringe of the Phoenix area.

That's where the man's van got stuck in high water in a low spot on a street. Helicopter news video shows firefighters helping him climb from his van into a fire truck amid rushing water. Other footage shows intersections and parts of neighborhood roads underwater.

Storm runoff also briefly closed one lane on the U.S. 60 freeway in the same area.

The weather service said motorists shouldn't drive into areas where water covers the roadway.

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