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Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

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Heavy rain slowed the Phoenix area's morning commute and resulted in firefighters rescuing multiple motorists from vehicles trapped by street flooding from runoff.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for much of the metro area and said up to two inches of rain fell in some spots in about an hour Tuesday morning.

>>Watch aerial coverage of the flooding from SkyFOX: Part 1 | Part 2

Phoenix Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan said firefighters from Phoenix and the Daisy Mountain Fire District on Phoenix's northern outskirts rescued at least six motorists in separate incidents.

SkyFOX video showed crews wading into swift water in order to rescue one woman from inside a van near 150th Avenue and Dynamite. She was lifted to safety as water continued to flow over the vehicle.

SkyFOX showed two residents in New River, about 30 miles north of Phoenix, waving a white towel out of a window as floodwaters raged around the house. A helicopter hovered above and lowered a rescuer down onto the roof.

Santillan says two women and three dogs were pulled to safety with no injuries.

Sandra Day O'Connor High School had to temporarily relocate 12 classrooms of students because of flooding from the storm.

"Due to the large amount of rain in a very short period of time on the morning of August 19th, 2014 the Sandra Day O'Connor High School experienced some water intrusion in to one of the classroom buildings. As a result, 12 classrooms have been temporarily relocated as the storm damage is remediated. Normal class schedules will continue while this takes place. The safety of students always remains a top priority for the Deer Valley Unified School District," stated Heidi Vega, DVUSD's Director, Communications and Community Engagement.

Flood waters were seen covering the roads near the Grand Avenue and Bethany Home Road intersection and Greenway Road underneath the I-17 overpass; the freeway itself was not affected.

A huge wave of water was seen flowing down Interstate 17 northbound near Dixileta. It was furiously traveling toward Happy Valley Road. The freeway was temporarily closed when the waters overtook the roadway.

About 700 customers were without power during an outage from 24th Street to 40th Street and Bethany Home Road to Indian School Road.

A small trailer park in Black Canyon City was evacuated in the northern outskirts of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says the 15-20 residents of the River's Edge Trailer Park were evacuated and were offered shelter by the Red Cross at Cannon Elementary School in Black Canyon City.

Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn says there's been minimal flooding damage to the park so far but that authorities want to get residents to a safe location because flooding has damaged roads in the vicinity.

There may still be flooding in creeks, washes and other drainage areas due to heavy rainfall.

Phoenix Storm Info: https://www.phoenix.gov/news/emergency/273

Sand pick-up at Phoenix Fire Stations:

Station 11 2727 E. Roosevelt St.
Station 26 3301 W. Rose Ln.
Station 31 5730 E. Thunderbird Rd.
Station 36 21602 N. Ninth Ave.
Station 39 2276 W. Southern Ave.
Station 40 3838 N. 83rd Ave.
Station 43 4110 E. Chandler Blvd.
Station 48 5230 W. Happy Valley Rd.
Station 49 3750 E. Dynamite Blvd.
Station 52 21650 N. Tatum Blvd.
Phoenix Streets Facilities (6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Southwest Division: 3045 S 22nd Ave. 602-256-3109
North Division: 138 E. Union Hills 602-262-6922
Southeast Division: 3828 E. Anne St. 602-262-6847
Central Division: 4020 W. Glenrosa 602-262-6717
*Citizens must supply their own bags and shovels.

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