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Storm runoff from mountain hits Phoenix neighborhood hard

(KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX — Hours after a downpour hit parts of the Phoenix area, rain water runoff was still gushing through a neighborhood near North Mountain on Friday morning.

Residents near 11th Street and Hatcher Road faced a power outage and rushing water — 1.77 inches fell on to the streets during Thursday’s storm.

There was no report of damage to homes.

Kevin Rosebeary watched the storm.

“It was pretty awesome. The wind was tearing through … then the hail was coming down. … It was piling up in the backyard on my artificial turf and the flower box.”

The street, which at one point was covered in a foot-and-a-half of water, was closed.

“The road right next to us was like a river,” he said.

Victoria Miller said, “It was crazy. I’ve been here 20 years and I’ve seen the wash flood every time it rains like that.”

But she’d never seen anything like what happened this time.

Miller said she saw heavy branches floating in an intersection around 6 p.m. as she made her way to her house.

“I pulled into a parking lot and turned around and went the other way. I wasn’t even sure I could get home.”

Others nearby went to bed after the blast of rain and wind and woke up to the same floodlike conditions as those on 11th Street and Hatcher Road.

There should be time to dry out from the runoff. The National Weather Service’s Phoenix office predicted any thunderstorm for the day should hit east of Phoenix.

It has been one of the wettest monsoon seasons in years, weather experts have said.

The monsoon season runs from mid-June until the end of September.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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