- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

SAFFORD, Ariz. (AP) - The Safford Unified School District is closing its schools for two weeks due to a storm that caused flood damage to areas of southeastern Arizona.

National Weather Service meteorologists say more than 2 inches of rain hail measuring between up to 2 ½ inches in diameter hit Safford late Saturday.

The storm caused major flood damage to several of Safford Unified schools.

District Superintendent Ken VanWinkle says officials decided the best way to deal with the damage is to close all schools until Oct. 24.

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