YCSO: Creeks, rivers run high after downpours

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Washes were running high after another round of rain from a storm Pacific storm belted the area Tuesday morning

A swiftwater rescue was underway earlier on Dry Beaver Creek at milepost 293 on Interstate 17 northbound at McGuireville: 

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office was investigating and expected to provide details soon.

Heavy rain triggered a Flash Flood Warning for Yavapai County until 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

YCSO reported flooding along the Agua Fria River in the Black Canyon City area, including Black Canyon Creek, Big Bug Creek and Sycamore Creek 

All waterways south of Lynx Lake and Prescott Valley may experience high runoff and flooding. At this time dams are full and large debris could release downstream.

In North Phoenix, Desert Hills Drive at 19th Avenue was blocked by runoff from Skunk Creek.

The bulk of the rain fell Monday night but showers were still forecast Tuesday before ending by afternoon.

Earlier on, most of the action was north and east of the Valley but Monday night the East Valley got some heavy rainfall and had wet roads.

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Here are some selected rainfall amounts across the area as of 6:30 a.m. Tuesday:

1.46 inches - Carefree

1.34 inches - Wittmann

1.10 inches - Anthem

   .71 inches - Pinnacle Peak

   .59 inches - Phoenix Sky Harbor

   .55 inches - Glendale

   .47 inches - Peoria

   .35 inches - Glendale, Paradise Valley Mall

   .31 inches - Litchfield Park

   .28 inches - Goodyear

   .16 inches - Sky Harbor Airport

   .12 inches - Scottsdale

The cliche is that people in the Valley don't drive well in the rain.

Studies show the risk of a crash goes up 70 percent when it's raining.

[SLIDESHOW: Pacific storm blasts Arizona]

On Monday, our crews spotted two so-called "self-driving" cars at the intersection of Mill Avenue and Baseline Road, perhaps testing their systems in inclement weather.

We asked some people if they would feel safer in a car driven by computers or a human.

"Honestly, I don't feel safe with either, but I would prefer a human versus a robot. So, yeah," said Bianca Vargas from Tempe.

She said it's just too early in the technology.

But drivers should be cautious on the roads either way. 

[RELATED: Soggy day on tap as Pacific storm begins to pull away]

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