Arizona monsoon closes elementary school, strands vehicles

AP News
Posted: Sep 14, 2015 11:28 AM

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona elementary school is closed Monday because of power-line damage from an overnight storm that trapped drivers on flooded roads southeast of Phoenix.

Officials say there's apparently no damage to Liberty Elementary's buildings and the Buckeye-area school should reopen Tuesday.

Authorities say no injuries are reported after a dozen vehicles were stranded along roads in the Maricopa and Gila Bend areas.

Maricopa County Sheriff's spokesman Joaquin Enriquez says a man driving a pickup that got stuck in several feet of water on State Route 238 between Gila Bend and Maricopa had to climb up to safety into a nearby tree.

SR238 remains closed from just west of Maricopa to State Route 85 near Gila Bend.


This story has been corrected to show that the western end of the highway closure area is near Gila Bend.


Information from: KPHO-TV,