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Flash floods swamp southern Arizona

PHOENIX -- Monsoon storms in Arizona hit the Valley hard on Tuesday, causing flash flooding and water rescues, CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO reported.

An elderly woman was rescued from her car, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. There was another water rescue in which police officers pushed a woman's vehicle off the road after it died in a flooded section of the road, police said.

Two high schools in southern Arizona were evacuated as a precaution Tuesday as flooding closed several major roads and stranded motorists between flowing washes. The Pima County Sheriff's Department ordered the Vail School District to evacuate students at Pantano and Andrada Polytechnic high schools as a preventative measure.

The Arizona Department of Transportation closed the Interstate 17 at Indian School in both directions due to flooding. At least one vehicle got stuck in the flooded area of the freeway.

The wet weather has caused sporadic delays at Phoenix Sky Harbor.

A flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service for Maricopa County until 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

Nearly 1 inch of rain fell in about 30 minutes in Maryvale, near west side of Phoenix.

Several roadways were reported washed out in the northern part of the Valley.

The monsoon brought rain to areas like Anthem and Lake Pleasant in the afternoon.

Social media users turned to Twitter to share photos of the flooding.

Drivers in Tucson had to deal with flash flooding on Tuesday morning after thunderstorms rolled through the region. Officials urge drivers to "Turn Around, Don't Drown" when it came to flooded roads and washes. Flash-flood watches remained in effect for Tucson's outskirts and much of southeastern and eastern Arizona because of monsoon rain and thunderstorms.

People in at least a half-dozen vehicles stranded by running water along a flooded road on Tucson's southeastern outskirts were given rides to safety on fire trucks. Authorities reported no injuries from the flooding, however.

The highway in Yarnell was briefly shut down due to the monsoon rains which caused flooding. The Tenderfoot Fire burned up thousands of acres of vegetation near Yarnell earlier this year and all that rain caused a muddy mess for residents.

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