YCSO: Creeks, rivers run high after downpoursPosted: Updated:
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.
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.
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SR 89A over Mingus Mtn has reopened after a rock slide was cleared. But the fog is heavy over Jerome as you can see from KZRJ webcam. pic.twitter.com/RmktChaPti— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 28, 2017
?? Move to higher ground! Flash Flood Warning including Yavapai County, AZ until 12:45 PM MST pic.twitter.com/gK5RXG4XmC— @NWSFlashFlood (@NWSFlashFlood) February 28, 2017
Not much traffic in Flagstaff looking north from train depot on Flagstaff CVB webcam. Best to say off the roads. pic.twitter.com/dSkfEw12tt— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) February 28, 2017
Winds are cranking across srn Navajo and Apache Counties this am SW gusts 40 to 55 mph Wind Advisory is in effect through 11 am. #AZWX— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) February 28, 2017
530 am Updated snowdepth Bellemont 15" Flagstaff 16" #azwx— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) February 28, 2017
3 am 5 inches of new snow has fallen in Bellemont btwn 11 pm - 3 am The official total for the Flagstaff APT for Monday is 10" #AZWX— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) February 28, 2017
Rather mild morning across southeast Arizona for the last day of February. pic.twitter.com/4imtnlDEG5— NWS Tucson (@NWSTucson) February 28, 2017
330 am: Approaching cold front will bring showers to western Pima county thru 5 am. Rainfall amounts <0.10". Gusty winds up to 25 mph. #azwx— NWS Tucson (@NWSTucson) February 28, 2017
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