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Arizona crew rescues woman trapped in minivan from flooded wash

(KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

Storm runoff trapped a woman who tried to drive her minivan across a wash Tuesday morning north of Phoenix.

Authorities and rescue workers arrived near 19th Avenue and Irvine Road, close to the Anthem area, where the dark-colored minivan sat surrounded by rushing water in Skunk Creek.

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The woman was pulled slowly and safely from the van by a fire department rescue crew, who waded into water deep enough to cover the vehicle’s wheels.

She said she hadn’t believed the crossing would be that dangerous.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for the more rural areas of the Valley, particularly for the New River/Cave Creek area, lasting until 10:45 a.m.

Originally the warning for New River was in effect until 8:30 a.m.

Morning and overnight rain fell across metro Phoenix. There was also thunder and lightning.

More rain was expected in the Valley through Wednesday. Some areas could see as much as an inch.

Despite having a “stupid motorist” law on the books, very few drivers have been prosecuted, according to Wikipedia.