Ariz. Residents Overwhelmed By Dramatic Floods

August 19, 2014 by staff 

Ariz. Residents Overwhelmed By Dramatic Floods, Flooding from heavy monsoon season rains in the Phoenix area forced authorities on Tuesday to close several major roads, including a portion of Interstate 17, while elsewhere dramatic scenes were playing out as motorists were pulled from partially submerged vehicles and a helicopter crew rescued stranded residents from a home surrounded by swift-moving waters.

A small trailer park was evacuated in a town about 40 miles north of the metro area, and a north Phoenix high school temporarily relocated 12 classrooms of students because of flooding in portions of the building.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for much of the metro area and north of the city where up to 8 inches of rain fell by midday in some of the mountainous regions along the interstate.

Some #phoenix kids are taking advantage of all this rain! #abc15

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The storms are expected to affect a large area of the state throughout the day.

“It’s like a conveyor belt of showers coming through here,” National Weather Service meteorologist Ken Waters said. “We’re seeing new cells popping up in the Phoenix area and just outside the Phoenix area.”

Sporadic storms are expected to continue in the area for the next few days.

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