Storm rolls through Valley, prompts road closures

PHOENIX - A storm that rolled through the Phoenix metro area Sunday morning brought about a half inch of rain, caused flooding in some washes and prompted the closure of at least two roadways.


The downpour prompted authorities to shut down U.S. 60 in both directions between Kyrene and Mill roads in Tempe.

Air15 video also showed several flooded areas across the Valley that required water rescues.

ABC15 meteorologist Laura Thomas said Cave Creek was hit with 1.73 inches of rain and Paradise Valley was hit with 1.97.

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Flooding also caused temporary delays on eastbound Interstate 10 in the Deck Park Tunnel and the closure of State Route 238 west of the Pinal County community of Maricopa.

Areas north of Tucson also were seeing rain Sunday. A flood advisory was issued for an area 15 miles southwest of Kearny.

On Saturday, southeast Tucson experienced flash flooding from a storm that brought about three-fourths of an inch of rain.

The storm led to several downed electric power lines in Tucson and two water rescue efforts Saturday.

A woman in her 40s who was under a Tucson bridge was swept away into a wash by flood waters.

Crews were called in to save the woman, who was able to get out of the water on her own and was then taken to a hospital.

In a separate incident, three children who were playing in a wash that wasn't running had become trapped on a sand island by a rush of flood waters.

The children, aged 8, 10 and 12, were rescued by crews.

An overnight storm also had dropped a half-inch of rain from Yuma to western Maricopa County, though the rainfall reached more than 2 inches in certain spots.  There were no reports of flash flooding from that storm.

The storms that brought rain to many spots in Arizona are expected to end in the coming days as the moist air will once again turn dry.

"This period of moist weather is almost at an end," said Chris Kuhlman, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Phoenix. "Today (Sunday) will be the last day."

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