Wall of flood water leaves mess in Arizona town
A rain gauge in Globe recorded 2.55 inches for the day with over an inch recorded in just over 90 minutes, while doppler radar estimated as much as 6 inches of rain fell in the nearby region.
GLOBE, Ariz. -- A wall of flood water has left a huge mess in the town of Globe, Arizona after thunderstorms dropped several inches of rain on Wednesday.
"Watched a car wash by my truck; watched the trailer wash by," Charlie Mitchell told FOX 10 Phoenix. "I was getting worried saying, 'maybe I better get up on top of that trailer.' "
A mobile home community in Globe was lifted off its foundation, scattering some trailers about the park.
"(One) hit a fence there, then it bounced off this motor home," Mitchell said.
The raging impromptu river was triggered by another monsoon thunderstorm. A rain gauge in Globe recorded 2.55 inches for the day with over an inch recorded in just over 90 minutes, while doppler radar estimated as much as 6 inches of rain fell in the nearby region.
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Much of that rain fell in the burn scar left over from the Telegraph Fire and with little vegetation remaining to absorb the water, much of it went coursing through town, covering the US-60 highway.
As the water hit one bridge in town, it brought years of debris with it, including a damaged horse trailer.
"Water as far as the eye could see," said Gila County Emergency Manager Carl Melford. "This lot was a lake."
Flood waters blocked the entrance to Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, so EMTs had to improvise.
"Patients looking to go to the hospital were meeting with EMTs to be treated here just outside of it," Melford said. "(We) set up an emergency impromptu med station."
Roads remained blocked in some areas and the cleanup may take days or weeks for some businesses.