Phoenix area cleans up after monsoon storm

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by The Associated Press

Video report by Jill Galus

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 17 at 2:40 PM

Monsoon storms soak communities across Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) -- Heavy rainfall from thunderstorms in the Tucson area resulted in street closures and at least one water rescue Tuesday as monsoon storms soaked communities across the state.

Some parts of the Tucson area received nearly 1.5 inches of rain, resulting in runoff that had water flowing in the normally dry Santa Cruz River in downtown Tucson.

Rural-Metro firefighters rescued a person from a vehicle that stalled while being driven through running water above the vehicle's rear bumper in a flooded intersection.

Heavy rainfall also was reported farther north in Coconino, Mohave and Yavapai counties.

Mohave County sheriff's officials said a county Road Department worker reported seeing a male of undetermined age being swept away after falling into a running wash in the Kingman area Monday evening.

A search that continued into Tuesday morning was suspended in the early afternoon after sheriff's officials said they had no report of any missing person in the area.

They also re-interviewed the county employee, who recalled seeing a man walking near the embankment and seeing a splash in the water. However, he never actually saw a man in the water.

Meanwhile, parts of the Phoenix area cleaned up from the second damaging monsoon storm in as many days.

A storm late Monday knocked down numerous trees in east Phoenix, leaving many fallen tree limbs in yards and on streets. High wind also toppled a traffic light pole.

Power was out in several neighborhoods, affecting thousands of customers, and flooding disrupted traffic.

In north Phoenix, firefighters used ropes and a pulley system to rescue a 56-year-old motorist after she tried to cross a wash. Georgia Arneson said there was only a little water in the wash when she drove into it but that a wave of water carrying debris trapped her.

In east-central Arizona, an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer was hospitalized in serious condition after being injured when his patrol vehicle crashed near Payson on State Route 87. A DPS spokesman said the single-vehicle accident was related to weather.

While widespread storm activity continued Tuesday, the National Weather Service said dry air is expected to move into the region Wednesday, limiting thunderstorms to higher terrain north and east of Phoenix.

A storm late Sunday caused similar damage in Phoenix-area suburbs and in the Tucson area, where high wind flipped a retired F-16 onto another aircraft at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
 

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Forecasters say there could be more thunderstorms in Arizona Tuesday as the Phoenix area cleans up from the second damaging monsoon storm in as many days.

A monsoon storm late Monday knocked down numerous trees in east Phoenix, leaving many fallen tree trunks and limbs in yards and on streets. High wind also knocked down a traffic light pole.

Power was knocked out in several neighborhoods, affecting thousands of customers, and flooding disrupted traffic.

In north Phoenix, firefighters used ropes and a pulley system to rescue a 56-year-old motorist after she tried to cross a wash. Georgia Arneson said there was only a little water in the wash when she drove into it but that a wave of water carrying debris trapped her.

Elsewhere in Arizona, an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer was hospitalized in serious condition after being injured when his patrol vehicle crashed near Payson on State Route 87. A DPS spokesman said the single-vehicle accident was related to weather.

The National Weather Service forecasts heavy rain and potential for flooding in parts of Arizona Tuesday. Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop in the central and eastern mountains and then move toward the lower deserts.

However, the weather service said dry air is expected to move into the region on Wednesday, limiting thunderstorms to higher terrain north and east of Phoenix.

A storm late Sunday caused similar damage in Phoenix-area suburbs and in the Tucson area, where high wind flipped a retired F-16 onto another aircraft at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

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