Flash Floods In Phoenix Force Dramatic Rescue Operations
Phoenix, Arizona is known for sunny weather and desert heat, not an abundance of rain. But when rain does hit, the smallest amount of precipitation can quickly result in flooding as happened early Tuesday.
Heavy rainfall swamped the area, with some places in North Phoenix reporting two inches of rain in one hour, according to NBC News.
While two inches of rain may not seem that alarming in most places, this photo shows you how quickly things can get out of hand in a place not used to dealing with significant amounts of rainfall:
Officers with the Maricopa County Sheriff's rescue unit were able to save the woman from being buried beneath the floodwaters before noon, according to KNXV Phoenix.
The rain continued to cause problems throughout the area. Another video from around the same time as the previous video, documented the rescue of two area women and a dog from a home as responders used a helicopter to lower themselves on the woman's roof and evacuate the residents.
However, as quickly as flash flooding accumulates in the desert, the hot summer weather beings clearing out the water. Interstate 17 (shown above) had already been reopened shortly after 12 p.m. local time, according to The Weather Channel.