Wet weather continues for Arizona

PHOENIX - One person was killed, roofs were damaged and football games, soccer tournaments and parades have all been canceled after a strong storm system left Arizona a soggy mess, and forecasters say the state can expect more rain and snow through the weekend.

Floodwaters started to recede in some areas late Friday after a day of record rainfall, but a flood watch remained in effect Saturday for much of south-central Arizona.

The National Weather Service also issued winter weather advisories for the Flagstaff and Grand Canyon areas. Snowplows were busy trying to clear icy roads throughout northern Arizona.

State Route 67 leading to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon reopened Saturday, but the public affairs office warned that roads remain snow packed and icy.

In Tucson, firefighters on Friday recovered the body of a man who was swept away by high water in the Santa Cruz River.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix said Friday was the second wettest November day on record in the city, with 1.6 inches of rainfall. The wettest day for the month was 2.24 inches on Nov. 10, 1923, the agency said.

The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter said it was asked to respond to three families whose homes were damaged by the heavy rain. Trudy Thompson Rice said the chapter assisted families in south Phoenix and near Winslow. The other home was in Mesa, but the family did not need assistance, she said.

State high school football semifinal games scheduled for Friday and Saturday were rescheduled to Monday evening due to wet weather.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association said it rescheduled the games "due to the weather conditions, field conditions and safety of the players and fans attending the games."

Authorities warned drivers to be careful as 8,400 cyclists turned out for the annual El Tour de Tucson. Much of the course was soaked.

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