Streets were flooded and cars stranded after heavy rain in Arizona, USA, on 23 September 2019.
Emergency personnel made at least 6 high water rescues in the East Valley in the Phoenix metropolitan area after several vehicles were stranded or swept away by fast-moving flood water.
Several flash flood warning were issued for the area. National Weather Service in Phoenix said via Social Media, “So many reports of rescues, cars stuck…roads closed. These flash flood warnings are SERIOUS!”
Wide areas around Apache Junction, east of Phoenix, were under water, including a mobile home park. Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN) said that some roads and facilities were closed in the Tonto National Forest due to heavy rain and flowing washes.
Flood Control District of Maricopa County said some areas saw over 3.5 inches (88.9mm) of rain. Meteorologists said the moisture came from the remnants of former Hurricane Lorena that had pushed north after sweeping along Mexico’s west coast last week.
— Nick Ciletti (@NickCiletti) September 23, 2019
So many reports of rescues, cars stuck…roads closed. These flash flood warnings are SERIOUS! #azwx
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) September 23, 2019
WOW! Shelle Hamilton just sent us this crazy flooding video from her driveway in Apache Junction. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect in Phoenix. pic.twitter.com/xryo5btvG1
— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) September 23, 2019
#Breaking SFMD crews have just rescued a mother and her small child from a flooded wash in the area of McKellips & Main Dr. This is the fifth water rescue call this morning in Apache Junction. pic.twitter.com/nvgPICnK1D
— SFMD (@sfmd_az_gov) September 23, 2019
— azfamily 3TV CBS 5 (@azfamily) September 23, 2019
— Brittni Thomason (@BrittniThomason) September 24, 2019
9:09am – Current rainfall totals with 24-hr gage adjusted rainfall totals. Look at those totals in the East Valley. Be prepared and stay informed! The ground is very wet now and any additional rain will cause runoff! https://t.co/k2pFKrrCKT #BeFloodSmart #TurnAroundDontDrown pic.twitter.com/oEjsPRxKvu
— FCDMC Flood Info (@FCDFloodInfo) September 23, 2019