Overnight monsoon storm causes heavy flooding, road closures in

by Shane DeGrote

TEMPE (3TV/CBS 5/ADOT) -

Heavy flooding from a monsoon storm caused havoc overnight in the East Valley.

Several roads were flooded, including the U.S. 60 in Tempe, causing drivers to become stranded.

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U.S. 60 is now closed at Rural Road in both directions for flooding, but traffic can exit and reenter using the Rural Road ramps, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.  

There is no estimated time for reopening the U.S. 60. Motorists are urged to avoid the area or delay travel.

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Several drivers became stranded on the westbound U.S. 60 near McClintock Drive due to the flooding.

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DPS said ADOT has been called out to try to clear some of the water. 

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Tempe police said McClintock Drive is closed between Apache Boulevard and Broadway Road. They also advised closures at Southern Avenue between Rural Road and McClintock Drive and Mill Avenue from Broadway Road to 13th Street.

The monsoon storm also caused massive outages in the East Valley.

According to the Arizona Public Service, over 700 customers were without power at the height of the storm. Only 251 customers remain.

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The Salt River Project reported even more outages at the height of the storm with over 13,000 customers without power, with most coming from the Apache Junction area. They have got that number down to 1,000 as of 4 a.m.

Some areas in the East Valley received over 2 inches of rain in less than an hour.

According to the Red Cross, an apartment complex in Mesa had their entire first floor flooded, displacing approximately 30 people.

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Flash flood warnings were issued for several cities in the Valley including Tempe, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Chandler and more.

Reported rainfall in last 24 hours:

  • Mesa: 2.44″
  • Tempe: 2.09″
  • Chandler: 1.38″
  • Peoria: 0.79″
  • Ahwatukee: 0.63″

The monsoon storm also brought heavy winds to most of the area with winds up to 50 miles per hour in some areas.

This was the third monsoon storm in a row to hit the East Valley this week. Many cities were still trying to recover from the flooding and damage from the previous night.

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