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Arizona Begins To Dry Out After Weekend Rain And Snowstorm


Rainfall Saturday in Phoenix set a record for the date in the city as soggy conditions prompted cancellation of some spring training baseball games scheduled in the valley. The National Weather Service reported 0.9 inch of rain in Phoenix by late morning, easily breaking the previous record of 0.45 inch set in 1913.

The weather service says 2 to 4 inches of snow had accumulated in parts of the Flagstaff area and White Mountains over the weekend.

The Maricopa County flood control district says localized flooding remains a concern for parts of the Phoenix area Monday morning.

Meanwhile, authorities say they are searching for a man who went missing during the weekend rainstorm in Gila County. Gila County officials say they are searching for the man who was hiking in a canyon near Roosevelt Lake.

The Arizona Republic and Phoenix media report the Gila County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a possible drowning in Bull Canyon around 11 o’clock Saturday night.

Two people were in the canyon when flash flooding started and only one person was able to get out.

A search started Sunday morning involving members of the Gila County Sheriff’s Office and the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Swift Water Team.  The search is expected to continue Monday.

Authorities say about a dozen people were rescued from raging flood waters at Sycamore Creek on Saturday afternoon.