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Storm rolls through Phoenix, prompts road closures

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PHOENIX -

The rain came down fast and furious as a monsoon storm rolled through the valley. The rain was too fast for storm drains to keep up.

The downpour closed some roads. Drivers took risky chances by driving through flooded streets. And some also took time out of their Sunday to enjoy the rain.

The heavy rain brought a different kind of trouble for homeowners. They're cleaning up a wet and muddy mess after their homes flooded.

The rain came down so fast and furiously in some parts of town, the drains couldn't keep up. Some clogged with debris, forcing water into nearby homes.

The video is incredible.

Wading through ankle deep water in her front yard at Wier and 19th Avenue, Ramona Ramirez opened the door to her house only to see water pouring in.

Ramirez says she was inside her home when the water came creeping in.

"It came from over there, then from over there," says Ramirez.

She said it came from all directions.

Water covered the floor, back to the bedrooms throughout the house.

Ramirez' neighbors put mattresses against their front door in an effort to stop the water. Some narrowly escaped disaster.

"I was like, my house is going to get flooded," says Jacqueline Garcia.

Flavia Easley says water came rushing down the side of South Mountain, where she lives.

"To see a wall of water coming toward you, there's nothing you can do," she says.

The water came through her yard, overtaking her pool, pouring down the stairs. She had an estimated 5 feet of water in her basement.

"I have two 8-foot glass doors and the water just started rising, rising, rising. Water started coming in around the sides. Two minutes after that, the doors burst open and a wall of water came through my basement," says Easley.

It wasn't just homes. Streets throughout the valley were flooded. Drains couldn't keep up with the amount of rain.

A parking lot at the Cactus Aquatics Center in Scottsdale was underwater, as were the cars parked there.

Earlier Sunday, there was a river on the US 60. The freeway was flooded between Kyrene and Mill Avenue.

Cars were detoured around the water before authorities shut that section of the freeway down. The freeway is now open again.

Areas north of Tucson also were seeing rain on Sunday. A flood advisory was issued for an area 15 miles southwest of Kearny.

On Saturday, southeast Tucson experienced flash flooding from a storm that brought about three-fourths of an inch of rain.

The storm led to several downed electric power lines in Tucson and two water rescue efforts.

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