Muddy mess in Maricopa after monsoon storm

Posted at 6:25 PM, Sep 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-14 21:25:20-04

Parts of Highway 238 outside Maricopa were closed for hours Monday after storms Sunday night flooded the highway. 

Several cars were stuck at a high point on the road after flash floods.

Diana Abril was coming home from San Diego. "It was just all of a sudden, we came to a stop and there were about 22 cars," says Abril.

She and the other drivers had to sleep it out in their cars until morning. "There were no stupid motorists there. This rain came so fast it just washed the road." Abril and other drivers were stranded for about eight hours.

Thick mud encased several other cars and large trucks along the highway. A tow truck driver who was working to pull one vehicle out of the mud told ABC15 the job should have taken about 30 minutes. It took him three hours.

Monday morning Arizona Department of Transportation crews were busy scraping mud off the highway with bulldozers.

No injuries were reported.