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Emergency crews conduct at least 6 water rescues

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -

Sunday was a busy day for emergency responders. They were called to as many as six water rescues. Several drivers were swept away by the fast moving floodwater.

Streets around the valley continued to be flooded and potentially dangerous on Monday.

We got video as a dramatic rescue unfolded in Apache Junction. Crews were called to the scene of an SUV stuck in the water.

You can see from SkyFox video just how fast that water was moving in the street.

In fact, the road looks more like a rushing river. The driver, stuck on land, surrounded by water, was rescued by helicopter and taken to safety. Even hours later, the pick-up was still stuck in the flooded street.

Also in Apache Junction, rushing water trapped a blue truck with two people inside. Rescue crews got the pair to safety by air.

Russ Dodge, a DPS paramedic, was one of the rescuers today.

"It only takes about six inches of water to move a vehicle downstream. This water at times was up over the hood on a lifted four wheel vehicle and up over the windshield," says Dodge.

Another water rescue in Phoenix near Shea and 40th Street -- a man in his 70s was found near his flooded car. The Phoenix Fire Department shot video after fast moving water swept the car nearly 100 yards away.

"Was it a wild ride for him? I'm sure, at this point we are just telling people if you see water in the washes please do not cross," says Larry Nunez of the Phoenix Fire Department.

Phoenix Fire also rescued a woman trapped in her car at a wash near Tatum Boulevard and Desert Park Place.

"A female in her 60s or 70s, neighborhood wash, again. Tried to cross it, didn't realize it was moving that fast... she hit the retaining wall. At that point, the water did subside... By the time crews arrived to the area... they were able to get to her from the north end of it."

Another rescue at 83rd and Desert Cove in Scottsdale. The driver got stuck trying to cross rushing water before crews came to the rescue.

And near Scottsdale and Sutton, a silver car got stranded on a flooded road. Crews pulled two people to safety.

"The ground is not able to saturate water, we are going to see water rushing pretty much all day."

Officials want to remind drivers of Arizona's 'stupid motorist law' – which requires drivers to pay for their own rescues when they're at fault.

"This is one of the most dangerous rescues that rescue teams will respond on. A large percentage of fatalities in swift water are rescuers or would-be rescuers. There's more people that die from flash floods than any other natural disaster in the United States," says Dodge.

There are no reports of anyone injured in those rescues.

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