- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) - Storms dropped heavy rain in parts of southern and central Arizona, flooding roadways in some low-lying areas and leading firefighters to rescue a man whose van got stuck.

The National Weather Service says up to 2 inches of rain fell early Thursday in Apache Junction, a city on the eastern fringe of the Phoenix area.

That’s where the man’s van got stuck in high water in a low spot on a street. Helicopter news video shows firefighters helping him climb from his van into a fire truck amid rushing water. Other footage shows intersections and parts of neighborhood roads underwater.

Storm runoff also briefly closed one lane on the U.S. 60 freeway in the same area.

The weather service said motorists shouldn’t drive into areas where water covers the roadway.

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