Storms and floods in Arizona have killed at least eight people, left two missing, and forced the evacuation of thousands in Tucson and other southern areas of the State.
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Background: ARIZONA, USA
Storms and floods in Arizona have killed at least eight people, left two missing, and forced the evacuation of thousands in Tucson and other southern areas of the State. The floods were caused by two days of unusually heavy rain at the tail-end of a Pacific storm. On October 2 Arizona's Governor, Bruce Babbit, called a state-wide emergency as the National Weather Service predicted more heavy rain. In Tucson and Clifton helicopters were used to pluck people from the rooftops of their flooded homes. A family of four was washed away and drowned after scrambling onto the roof of a pick-up truck near Ash Fork. On September 30, a woman was killed in a car crash in Phoenix which officials blamed on the rain. Another accident believed to have been caused by the storm killed two Navy crewmen when their bomber aircraft crashed on September 30. Roadways were turned into fast-moving rivers, leaving motorists stranded. Normally dry river beds suddenly swelled to raging torrents, eroding river banks and in several cases sweeping homes, bridges, power lines and sections of road with them. The floods left two cities without adequate water supply. On October 1 the city of Clifton lost electricity, water and all phone services except one emergency line from a Sheriff's office. An unidentified woman making one of the last calls from Clifton before the phones died said her house had been swept away. Business districts and thousands of houses in Tucson, Clifton, Safford, Nogales and Marana were under several feet (up to a metre) of water as rain continued to fall on October 3.