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updated: 9/7/2012 6:01 PM

Arizona woman swept away in flooding

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MARANA, Ariz. -- Rescuers were searching for a 52-year-old woman who was apparently swept away in a flooded southern Arizona wash as heavy monsoon rains led to flooded roadways in several parts of the state.

Several drivers had to be pulled from their cars in the metropolitan Phoenix area.

Scores of searchers from multiple law enforcement and fire agencies were on the ground and using helicopters to search for the woman south of Marana at midday Friday, said Deputy Tom Peine, a Pima County sheriff's spokesman.

Deputies got a call from a motorist stuck in a wash at about 4:30 a.m. Friday, Peine said. The man was able to get out but heard another man yelling for help and saying his legs were broken.

Rescuers in the community north of Tucson found that man on a bank surrounded by water around 6 a.m. He told them he had been there for hours but his wife, Angelina Carrasco, had been swept away. The man in his 60s was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Three other vehicles were found in a wash nearby, but the occupants were safe, KVOA-TV reported.

In the southeast Phoenix suburbs of Mesa and Apache Junction, fire departments rescued people at the intersection of Meridian Road and Southern Avenue, as well as the intersection of Meridian Road and University Drive.

"Every street out here is completely flooded," Colin Williams, a Rural Metro spokesman, told the Arizona Republic.

A stretch of the U.S. 60 freeway in the area was also inundated, with drivers having to cross flowing water and traffic backed up for more than a mile.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings Friday morning for parts of Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, but they expired.

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