Major flooding shuts down Valley roadways, prompts water rescues

Posted at 6:07 PM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 12:20:19-04

Tuesday's monsoon storms have led to dangerous flooding conditions around the Valley and forced road closures and water rescues.

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The severe storms dropped enough rain for Arizona Department of Transportation officials to shut down Interstate 17 at Indian School Road in both directions for five hours after multiple vehicles became stuck on the roadway. There is also a Flood Warning in effect for that area until 11:15 p.m.

It was one of multiple water rescues reported Tuesday afternoon, including three others near 3rd Street and Carefree Highway. The roadway also had to be closed due to rushing waters.

A woman was reportedly pulled from her car by residents in the area after her vehicle died in the fast-moving water.

Scottsdale fire crews were also responding "to multiple reports of stranded motorists in 12 inches of water."

The strong storms also toppled power poles on westbound Shea Boulevard, forcing police to close the road between 142nd Street to 136th Street. And the rain also flooded Hunt Highway in Chandler.

In Phoenix, storm water shut down Camelback Road between 27th and 25th avenues and from 24th to 32nd streets. McDowell Road was also closed between 24th and 32nd streets, and 35th Avenue was blocked off from Glendale Avenue to Camelback Road.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Matteson said no injuries have been reported due to the rescues.

The American Red Cross Association said anyone affected or displaced by the storms can call 1-800-842-7349 for assistance.

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