Emergency crews work multiple water-rescues after storms dump rain on Phoenix

PHOENIX - Emergency crews were dispatched to two water rescues Monday night after strong monsoon storms hit the Valley.

Air15 video showed two vehicles trapped in actively flowing water just blocks away from each other near 12th Street and Hatcher in north Phoenix. One a dark-colored vehicle trapped in the middle of the intersection, while the other was a few blocks away near some trees.

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Video showed three crew members with the Phoenix Fire Department pulling a driver from a dark-colored sedan as fast-moving water streamed by. Once in a safe place, the victim gave each of her three rescuers a hug.

The victim, Georgia Arneson, who is in her 50s, told rescue crews and media that the water was not that high when she started to cross the intersection.

"I started coming across. It was just like a minimal amount. Just like a little puddle. Then all of a sudden the water came rushing through with tree debris and Lord only knows what. Everything just came flying at my car. And at that point, my car would not go any further," Arneson said. 

Arneson told ABC15 that the water rushed in, trapping her vehicle, and she stayed in her vehicle and called for help.

Arneson said she can't swim-- and instead of panicking, she prayed.

Phoenix Fire said the situation doesn't appear to be a "Stupid Motorist" case.

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