Tucson’s wild weather creating challenges for motorists, rescuers

2013-07-20T16:09:00Z Tucson’s wild weather creating challenges for motorists, rescuersKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 20, 2013 4:09 pm  • 

It’s monsoon pandemonium in Tucson this afternoon.

The Daily Star’s police scanner is blowing up.

A teen girl was fished out of a flooded wash near Speedway and Pantano Road just before 4 p.m. by a rescue team from the Tucson Fire Department. She is wet, cold, scraped up, covered in sand and swallowed a significant amount of water, according to medics, but she is talking. She is being taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Another girl was reported trapped on an island in the middle of a wash at Pantano Road and Golf Links waiting for swift water rescuers to arrive.

Rescuers are also investigating a car seen stuck in the Canyon Del Oro Wash at Irvington Road.

Tucson Fire just called in a road hazard downtown after a large tree fell across Congress Street and Scott Avenue.

Houghton Road is closed from Valencia Road to Escalante Road due to flooding and downed power lines.

Harrison Road is closed at the Pantano Wash just south of Escalante Road due to flooding.

And two accidents occurred just before 3 p.m. that may have been storm-caused. One is in the clearing stages at Benson Highway and Alvernon Way. The other was a roll-over on Interstate 19 at Pima Mine Road.

Check back with Starnet for updates.

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