Oct 2, 2018

Unrelenting Phoenix-area rain forces closure of intersections, schools

Phoenix, AZ
Image: KTAR.com
Image: KTAR.com

Multiple intersections in Phoenix and three elementary schools across the Valley were closed early Tuesday due to unrelenting rain from a downgraded hurricane — and it was not expected to slow down anytime soon.


Maricopa Community Colleges announced it would cancel classes and events for Tuesday due to “extreme weather.”

Desert Horizon Elementary School in the Pendergast Elementary School District in Phoenix was also closed Tuesday due to “severe flooding,” according to its website. Rio Vista Elementary School in the same district was closed due to a power outage.

Rainbow Valley Elementary School in Buckeye was also closed due to flooding.


Rain from Tropical Depression Rosa also triggered a flash flood watch across the Valley, including Avondale, Chandler, Glendale, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Surprise and Tempe. It could last until Wednesday, according to National Weather Service Phoenix.

The Phoenix area had a daily rainfall record of .64 of an inch before the commuter rush hour ended.

More than two inches of rain has fallen since midnight Tuesday.


Firefighters rescued at least six people including a small child from vehicles trapped in a flooded Valley intersection.


Thousands of people across the Valley were left without power at one point, according to the SRP and APS outage maps.