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Record rainfall causes flooding, road closures

Staff Report~ 9/10/2014

PHOENIX – Hurricane Norbert and monsoon season triggered the wettest day ever recorded in Phoenix on Monday, Sept. 8.

Parts of the I-17 and I-10 were closed due to flooding, and multiple surface streets had to be closed, as well. Governor Jan Brewer declared a state of emergency for badly flooded sections of the valley.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Phoenix on Monday. Maricopa County Flood Control District’s rainfall charts reported almost five inches of rain in the northwest valley, over two inches of rain in the northeast valley, and about two inches of rain in the New River/Anthem area.

Multiple schools were closed on Monday. The Deer Valley Unified School District schools remained open and on schedule, with buses operating on the rainy day schedule. The Cave Creek Unified School District also kept schools open; buses were unable to run north of Cave Creek Road due to flooding.

Since monsoon season doesn’t officially end until Sept. 30, more wet weather could be in store.