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Dramatic video shows extent of flooding in Phoenix, Arizona

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 7:08 PM - Heavy rain hit the Phoenix metro area Tuesday morning, adding additional precipitation to already-soaked parts of the city.

Up to 100 mm of rain has fallen in some places, helping to turn roads into waterways.

The area is still trying to clean up after heavy flooding that occurred last week.

Earlier today, an elderly woman had to be rescued from her vehicle when it became stranded in rushing water.

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Local forecasters say it's some of the worst flooding they've seen in years -- and there's more rain expected in the days to come.


The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for parts of Arizona Tuesday evening, warning that the added rain could aggravate the already-saturated ground.

"Excessive runoff will cause flooding of normally dry washes and creeks, roads, and low lying spots," the statement says.

"Unbridged crossings will be especially dangerous. Most flood deaths occur in motorized vehicles. When encountering flooded roads, make the smart choice, turn around, don't drown."

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