Valley crashes, power outages as heavy rain hits Monday

PHOENIX - Authorities have responded to nearly 200 traffic calls Monday as more than a thousand customers were without power during strong Valley storms.

Monday morning, Department of Public Safety officials had logged reports of more than two dozen weather-related crashes in the East Valley alone, as well as hours-long closures.

The eastbound US 60 ramp to northbound Loop 101 was closed for several hours while crews worked to clear a collision.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials said the Greenway exits from Interstate 17 were closed in both directions, also due to heavy flooding in the area.

The Phoenix Police Department has also had a busy day.

According to spokesman Trent Crump, as of 3 p.m., officers have handled 164 traffic hazard calls compared to 24 the previous Monday.

Crump said at least eight of the calls were motorists that were stranded in their vehicle and could not get out.

Phoenix police also saw a 28 percent increase in call volume Monday into Crime Stop and 911. These were alarms, vehicle accidents, road closures, flooding issues and check welfares. Almost 700 more calls on Monday versus the same time last week.

As of 3 p.m., most power outages had been repaired across the Valley, following widespread issues after Monday's rain hit.

Here's a list of power outages across the Valley:

--About 100 customers affected from 51st to 43rd avenues and Olive to Glendale avenues due to downed power lines.

--About 100 customers from 83rd to 75th avenues and Bethany Home to Camelback roads due to an underground power line shorted out.

--About 100 customers from 83rd to 67th avenues and Northern to Glendale avenues affected due to a blown fuse.

--About 100 customers from Mesa to Stapley drives and McDowell and McKellips roads were without power due to a blown fuse.

--More than a thousand customers were affected earlier in the day from 59th to 43rd avenues and Peoria to Glendale avenues.

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