ARIZONA NEWS

Flash flood sweeps through town east of Phoenix

Jul 30, 2021, 7:43 AM | Updated: 9:46 am
(Twitter Photo/ADOT)...
(Twitter Photo/ADOT)
(Twitter Photo/ADOT)

PHOENIX – A river of rushing water, mud and debris swamped an area east of metro Phoenix on Thursday, shutting down a major highway for hours and leaving behind a mess.

Heavy rain dropped 2-4 inches in the Miami-Globe area late in the afternoon, triggering a flash flood that swamped streets and caused a rock slide on U.S. 60. The road closure stretched west to Superior.

The road was closed for about four hours, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.

“It was a pretty intense thunderstorm,” Jaret Rogers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix, told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Friday.

The weather service issued a flash flood warning for Gila County around 2 p.m.

The hard rain soaked the burn scar left by the Telegraph Fire. The human-caused June blaze, the sixth-largest wildfire in Arizona history, roared through nearly 181,000 acres.

“We’ve already had several flash flood warning throughout July for the Miami-Globe area. It’s very vulnerable to flash flooding,” Roger said. “Basically, anytime a thunderstorm develops over the burn scar there, Miami-Globe is certainly threatened in some cases.”

Forecasters said there was a 50% chance of rain in the area on Friday but by evening would likely taper off to 30%.

Miami-Globe is about 70 miles from downtown Phoenix.

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

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/City Government of Chandler, Arizona)...
KTAR.com

Chandler City Council approves policy to prohibit acts of discrimination

The Chandler City Council voted 6-1 to adopt an ordinance that prohibits discrimination during Monday’s meeting.
24 hours ago
(Photo by Mike Simons/Getty Images)...
Associated Press

Execution warrant requested for Arizona death row inmate

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has requested the state Supreme Court issue a warrant of execution for death row inmate Aaron Gunches.
24 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Angel Zamora)...
KTAR.com

2 Phoenix police officers charged with assault in October incident with shooting suspect

Charges against two Phoenix police officers accused of assaulting a shooting suspect during an October arrest have been submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.
24 hours ago
(Screenshot via Glendale Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Glendale police said officer who activated Taser on shoplifting suspect 14 times followed policy

Glendale police said an officer who activated a Taser 14 times on a shoplifting suspect Tuesday acted within department policy.
24 hours ago
(Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Photo/Andrew Pielage)...
KTAR.com

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale to host 1st holiday experience

The Scottsdale winter home and studio of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright will host two weekends of holiday-themed activities open to the public for the first time.
24 hours ago
Teofilo Acuna Gutierrez (Photo courtesy of DPS)...
KTAR.com

Silver Alert canceled for 78-year-old man last seen in Phoenix

A Silver Alert was canceled Wednesday evening in Phoenix for a 78-year-old man who hasn't been spotted since Friday.
24 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...
DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
Flash flood sweeps through town east of Phoenix