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Storm rolls through Phoenix, prompts road closures

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 21, 2013 at 11:49 pm •  Published: July 21, 2013
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PHOENIX (AP) — A storm that rolled through metropolitan Phoenix on Sunday morning brought about a half inch of rain, sent water rushing through washes and flooded homes in Scottsdale.

Authorities said they rescued several motorists who became trapped in their vehicles as they tried to drive through floodwaters. No injuries were reported.

An unknown number of homes in an area of western Scottsdale were inundated, officials said.

The downpour prompted the shutdown of U.S. 60 in Tempe, but that closure has since been lifted. State Route 88 northeast of Apache Junction and state Route 238 west of the Pinal County community of Maricopa were also closed.

Authorities say motorists approaching flooded roads should either turn around and find a new route or wait until floodwaters have receded.

Areas north of Tucson also were seeing rain Sunday. A flood advisory was issued for an area 15 miles southwest of Kearny.

On Saturday, southeast Tucson experienced flash flooding from a storm that brought about three-fourths of an inch of rain.

The storm led to several downed electric power lines in Tucson and two water rescue efforts Saturday.

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