Flash floods a running theme during monsoon 2017

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Monsoon 2017 (Photos courtesy Bryan Snider and Aaron Kluth) Monsoon 2017 (Photos courtesy Bryan Snider and Aaron Kluth)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Monsoon 2017 officially ends Saturday, and this season will be remembered most for its deadly and powerful flash floods.

"We lost half our family. There were six grandchildren. Now there's [sic] only three," said Luz Garnica.

On July 15, a day of celebration for the Garnica family turned into horror, when a flash flood swept through the swimming hole they were at, just north of Payson. Ten out of 14 family members were killed in the rushing waters.

[RELATED: 10 family members killed in flash flood mourned in Arizona]

A few days after the Garnica tragedy, residents in a Mayer community were evacuated when a torrent flooded their neighborhood. At least two families had to be rescued.

"This is the craziest monsoon season I've ever seen," said Mark Mills, a homeowner in Mayer.

[RELATED: Residents evacuated in Mayer due to flooding]

The following week, a scary scene unfolded in Apache Junction. A woman was escorted out of her car by emergency crews when she drove into a road that unexpectedly transformed into a river due to flash flooding.

[RAW VIDEO: Water rescue in Apache Junction]

"She said it was very slow moving when she drove through it, then all of a sudden it was there on her," said Capt. Michael Paul, of Superstition Fire and Medical.

On July 30, a harrowing video from a helicopter was taken when two adults and two children had to be plucked from the Tanque Verde Falls, northeast of Tucson. They were also trapped in flash flooding. Thankfully, they all made it out uninjured.

The National Weather Service recorded more than 150 reports of flash flooding across Arizona this monsoon.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Arizona Monsoon 2017]

In terms of rain, the official reporting station at Phoenix Sky Harbor was below average for the season, receiving just 2.32". The average rainfall from June 15 through Sept. 30 is 2.71". The east side of the Valley received the most, with Queen Creek tallying about 6" of rain, Mesa at about 5", and Apache Junction at about 5".

Despite a lack of rain, a rare land-spout tornado was confirmed southwest of Downtown Phoenix on the evening of Aug. 3. A microburst also caused substantial damage of trees, tables and chairs at the Phoenix Zoo, forcing the facility to close to the public due to weather for only the second time in its 50-year history. 

[RELATED: Phoenix Zoo to reopen after monsoon storm damage]

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