Wettest Day On Record On Phoenix, Flooding Leaves 2 Dead

Phoenix beat a 75-year mark on Monday and slogged through its wettest day on record — a 3-inch downpour that flooded roads, stranded drivers, closed schools, knocked out power for thousands of people, and left at least two people dead. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer declared a statewide emergency, and flood watches were in effect for parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado as the remnants of Hurricane Norbert mixed with moisture already in the atmosphere.

A woman in Tucson died after she was trapped inside a car that had been swept away and submerged in at least 15 feet of water in a wash, city fire officials said in a release. And another woman died after she and her husband attempted to cross a flooded wash and she was swept away, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

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