Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

PHOENIX (AP) — Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state.

The National Weather Service says up to 8 inches of rain fell by midday in some of the mountainous regions along Interstate 17 north of Phoenix.

A helicopter crew rescued two women and three dogs from a home surrounded by swift-moving waters in the small town of New River. Elsewhere, a small trailer park was evacuated, a school was flooded and first-responders pulled motorists from partially-submerged vehicles.

Gov. Jan Brewer said her office was monitoring the effects of the storm and will take additional action if needed.

Flights from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport were delayed and some incoming flights were diverted.

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