USA – Flood Rescues After Heavy Rain in Arizona

Streets were flooded and cars stranded after heavy rain in Arizona, USA, on 23 September 2019.

High water rescues in Apache Junction near phoenix, Arizona, 23 September 2019. Photo: Superstition Fire & Medical District

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.

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