Monsoon brings heavy rain, flooding, water rescues

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Posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 13 at 11:42 AM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities say at least six people have been rescued from vehicles that were stuck in flooded streets in Phoenix.

The monsoon storm that hit the Phoenix metropolitan area Tuesday evening caused flight delays at Sky Harbor Airport and knocked out power to at least 2,400 homes and businesses in Tempe.

Some neighborhoods were flooded, with water creeping right up into the yards.

That was the situation in the area of 51st Avenue and Dobbins. 3TV reporter Jaime Cerreta was standing in five inches of water. It was even deeper in other areas as the water gushed into yards and streets. 

"It started raining, started flooding, and when we noticed it, it was all full of water around the house. It's crazy," said Janeth Aniceto. She said this hasn't happened in seven or eight years.

Her neighbor had water actually seeping into her house.

"We're getting flooding, a couple of inches. It's going to be in the house. We're trying to put down towels to stop it," said Martha Ruiz.

The situation on the roads was just as bad. At 27th Avenue and Baseline, flooded streets were filled with flooded cars and stranded motorists. That area got about three inches of rain in just 90 minutes

There were also reports of road closures, downed trees and light poles.

Emergency crews were kept busy throughout the evening as drivers got stuck in the flooded streets and washes.

11 people were pulled from a wash after getting stuck in a wash near 19th Avenue and Dobbins. One of those victims suffered a medical condition and had to be taken to an ambulance.

Rescue crews had a very difficult time getting to the victims because the area was so saturated with water from the rain and an overflowing nearby canal.

Fire officials urged drivers to steer clear of the washes. "Stay out of the washes," sayid Phoenix Fire Captain Ruben Saavedra. "Don't swim in the washes. Just wait for the water to go down."

Saavedra says this particular wash likely came out of nowhere and there was nothing these drivers could have done to avoid being trapped. He told 3TV that  people need to be aware of just how dangerous this situation can be. "When these washes come, that's part of the dangers. There's moving debris, there's isolated debris out there, and again, those cause the vehicles to turn to the side," he said.

Marlene Montano's car became stuck. "You could feel the debris. You could feel the rocks moving underneath the vehicle and hitting your car as you were driving through," she described. "It is a helpless feeling because you don't really know what to do at that point."

The storm dumped up to 1 1/2 inches of rain in Mesa and 2 inches of rain on parts of northwest Tucson.

It caused flash flooding in Saguaro National Park in Tucson, forcing the closure of some dirt roads.

The National Weather Service says a flash flood watch will be in effect for the Phoenix area and much of south-central and southwestern Arizona from through Wednesday morning.

 

 

 

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PHOENIX -- Heavy rain started falling around the Valley on Tuesday afternoon.

The Southeast Valley was the first to get soaked with rain reported in Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert and Apache Junction.

The National Weather has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the Phoenix metro area until 8:15 p.m. and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for parts of Maricopa until 7:15 p.m.

There are reports of power outages, downed trees and street flooding in the East Valley.

The FAA is reporting delays at Sky Harbor Airport due to the weather. There were general departure delays of about 1 hour.

The National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms will produce very heavy rainfall that will lead to flooding of urban areas and normally dry washes.

The weather service says the threat for flooding will continue at least through Wednesday morning but that drier conditions are anticipated by Thursday.

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Flash flood watch issued for Phoenix metro area

PHOENIX (AP) -- A monsoon storm is causing delays of more than an hour for incoming and departing flights at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Meanwhile, Arizona Public Service workers are trying to restore electricity to 2,400 customers Tuesday night after the storm knocked out power in some areas of Tempe.

There also are reports of some downed trees and light poles in Tempe.

The storm dumped up to 1 1/2 inches of rain in Mesa and 2 inches of rain on parts of northwest Tucson.

It caused flash flooding in Saguaro National Park's Tucson Mountain (West) District, forcing the closure of some dirt roads.

The National Weather Service says a flash flood watch will be in effect for the Phoenix area and much of south-central and southwestern Arizona from through Wednesday morning.

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Flash flood watch issued for Phoenix metro area

PHOENIX (AP) -- A monsoon storm has dumped up to 2 inches of rain on parts of northwest Tucson.

Authorities say Tuesday afternoon's storm also caused flash flooding in Saguaro National Park's Tucson Mountain (West) District. Some dirt roads in the park were washed out and had to be closed.

Police in the southern Arizona town of Marana say several roads were closed due to flash flooding caused by the heavy rainfall.

There have been no reported injuries.

A flash flood watch will be in effect for the Phoenix area and much of south-central and southwestern Arizona from through Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms will produce very heavy rainfall that will lead to flooding of urban areas and normally dry washes.

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