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Floods force dramatic rescues near Phoenix

First Published Aug 19 2014 06:22PM      Last Updated Aug 19 2014 07:17 pm

In this image made from a video provided by ABC15 TV, a rescue worker from a helicopter reaches down to residents of a flooded house in New River, Ariz., north of Phoenix, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The area was flooded after several inches of rain pummeled the state. (AP Photo/ABC15 TV)
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There was minimal flooding damage to the park, but authorities wanted to get residents to a safe location because water had damaged roads in the vicinity, sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said.

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

"We’ve got units jumping from one car to the next to the next," Santillan said, adding that there have been no reports of injuries.

Flights from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport were delayed up to two hours while some inbound planes were diverted to other airports until the storms passed.


Associated Press writer Emaun Kashfi contributed to this report.





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