Rain floods some areas of Arizona, leads to rescue

AP News
Posted: Oct 09, 2014 2:19 PM

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — Storms dropped heavy rain in parts of southern and central Arizona, flooding roadways in some low-lying areas and leading firefighters to rescue a man whose van got stuck.

The National Weather Service says up to 2 inches of rain fell early Thursday in Apache Junction, a city on the eastern fringe of the Phoenix area.

That's where the man's van got stuck in high water in a low spot on a street. Helicopter news video shows firefighters helping him climb from his van into a fire truck amid rushing water. Other footage shows intersections and parts of neighborhood roads underwater.

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Storm runoff also briefly closed one lane on the U.S. 60 freeway in the same area.

The weather service said motorists shouldn't drive into areas where water covers the roadway.