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Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

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(AP Photo/Matt York). A city of Phoenix official blocks a closed section of road as flash flood waters overrun Skunk Creek through the Sonoran Desert, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in northwestern Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York). A city of Phoenix official blocks a closed section of road as flash flood waters overrun Skunk Creek through the Sonoran Desert, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in northwestern Phoenix.
(AP Photo/Matt York). A tractor trailer drives through flash flood waters that overran Skunk Creek, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in northwestern Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York). A tractor trailer drives through flash flood waters that overran Skunk Creek, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in northwestern Phoenix.
(AP Photo/Matt York). Ramiro Pantaleon watches flash flood waters overrun Skunk Creek through the Sonoran Desert, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in northwestern Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York). Ramiro Pantaleon watches flash flood waters overrun Skunk Creek through the Sonoran Desert, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in northwestern Phoenix.
(AP Photo/Matt York). Josh Groves, and his daughter Abagayle Groves, 3, wait to cross the road as flash flood waters overrun Skunk Creek through the Sonoran Desert, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in northwestern Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York). Josh Groves, and his daughter Abagayle Groves, 3, wait to cross the road as flash flood waters overrun Skunk Creek through the Sonoran Desert, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in northwestern Phoenix.

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona authorities have rescued two residents and three dogs from a flooded house north of Phoenix after more than four inches of rain pummeled some areas of the state.

Dramatic television footage showed the residents in New River, about 30 miles north of Phoenix, waving a white towel out of a window as floodwaters raged around the house. A helicopter hovered above and lowered a rescuer down onto the roof.

Phoenix Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan (san-tee-YAHN') says two women and three dogs were pulled to safety with no injuries.

A separate rescue played out as water submerged a minivan and authorities pulled a woman from the vehicle.

Several inches of rain fell on the Phoenix area Tuesday morning, closing a portion of the major north-south freeway in Arizona and delaying flights.

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