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Monsoon flooding sparks Valley water rescues, closes I-17

(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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The storm was so strong some manhole covers in Phoenix  were lifted by the storm water. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The storm was so strong some manhole covers in Phoenix were lifted by the storm water. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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Flooding along Camelback. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Flooding along Camelback. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Crews were out clearing debris from Valley streets Wednesday morning after Tuesday's monsoon storms caused flash flooding and water rescues.

The City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department issued several advisories about road closures Tuesday night, but no major streets remained closed Wednesday morning.

Due to the flooding, the city of Phoenix had advised travelers to avoid the following streets:

  •         Camelback Road between 27th and 35th avenues
  •         Camelback Road between 24th and 32nd streets
  •         McDowell Road between 24th and 32nd streets
  •         35th Avenue between Glendale Avenue and Camelback Road

In addition, on some streets, manhole covers were lifted by the storm water. Crews were out repositioning the manhole covers Tuesday night.

Residents can report manhole cover issues or storm debris blocking roadways by contacting the city's street maintenance dispatch hotline at 602-262-6441. 

The Arizona Department of Transportation closed the Interstate 17 at Indian School in both directions due to flooding. Drivers were exiting at Indian School and then re-entering the freeway to avoid the flooded area. At least one vehicle got stuck in the flooded area of the freeway. Police said a man made it to the top of his vehicle and crews walked him out of the flooded area. The southbound side was reopened just before 10 p.m. The northbound lanes opened back up just before 10:30 p.m.

Interstate 10 at State Route 51 also flooded and westbound I-10 to northbound SR 51 was restricted, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Earlier in the day, an elderly woman was rescued from her car at Third Street and Carefree Highway, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. She is OK. The woman won't be cited. We're told deputies gave her a ride. There was another rescue in the wash nearby.

There was another water rescue at 36th Avenue and Bethany Home Road where police officers pushed a woman's vehicle off the road after it died in a flooded section of the road.

Power lines were knocked down in the area of 114th Street and Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale. Dozens of customers were without electricity.

[VIDEO: Flooding at I-17 and Indian School]

The storms then moved to the East Valley, though not with the same power.

The wet weather has caused sporadic delays at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

A flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service for Maricopa County until 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

Nearly 1 inch of rain fell in about 30 minutes in Maryvale.

A rain gauge at I-17 and Camelback Road said nearly 3 inches of rain fell while parts of north Phoenix saw 1.26 inches.  

Roadways were reportedly washed out in parts of the Valley. The washes in the northern part of the Valley were running full of water.

[VIDEO: Storms rolls through state, Valley]

The town hall for GOP vice president nominee Mike Pence at the Phoenix Convention Center started on time despite the rain. However, Pence was late arriving due to flooding streets and heavy traffic. There was also a smaller turnout than expected, likely because of the rain.

[RELATED: Major monsoon storm impacts Mike Pence rally in Downtown Phoenix]

[VIEWER VIDEO: Rain in the Tramonto neighborhood in north Phoenix]

The monsoon first brought rain to areas like Anthem and Lake Pleasant in the afternoon. 

[SLIDESHOW: Storms in the Valley and Statewide]

Drivers in Tucson had to deal with flash flooding on Tuesday morning after thunderstorms rolled through the region. Officials urge drivers to "Turn Around, Don't Drown" when it comes to flooded roads and washes. 

[VIEWER VIDEO: Rain near I-17 and Carefree]

The highway in Yarnell was briefly shut down due to the monsoon rains which caused flooding. The Tenderfoot Fire burned up thousands of acres of vegetation near Yarnell earlier this year and all that rain caused a muddy mess for residents. 

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