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In this image made from a video provided by ABC15 TV, a rescue worker from a helicopter reaches down to residents of a flooded house in New River, Ariz., north of Phoenix, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The area was flooded after several inches of rain pummeled the state. (AP Photo/ABC15 TV)

PHOENIX (AP) — A series of storms dumped more than 4.5 inches of rain on areas north of Phoenix on Tuesday, requiring several dramatic rescues and resulting in many visible examples of damage. Here are some examples of the destruction brought on by the floodwaters:

HOUSE RESCUE

As violent floodwaters submerged a house in New River, two women became trapped with nowhere to go, the home apparently knocked from its foundation. They called for help, and one of them waved a white piece of fabric out a window. The Phoenix Fire Department sent a helicopter and hoisted two rescuers onto the roof to guide the residents to safety. Also saved were three dogs in the house.

WOMAN IN MINIVAN:

In this image made from a video provided by ABC15 TV, a school bus navigates a flooded road north of Phoenix, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.  It was not known if
In this image made from a video provided by ABC15 TV, a school bus navigates a flooded road north of Phoenix, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. It was not known if there were children aboard the bus at the time. The area was flooded after several inches of rain pummeled the state. (AP Photo/ABC15 TV) (AP)

A minivan was swamped by rising floodwaters with an older woman inside the vehicle. A rescuer waded through the water, broke out the front driver's side window and entered the white van. He grabbed the woman and helped escort her to dry land. Two rescuers carried her to a nearby garage and sat her down in a lawn chair.

WATER ON INTERSTATE

Interstate 17 became the sight of a surreal image as the brown water from the flood washed over the state's major north-south freeway. Some cars drove through the rising waters, others were forced into the left lane, and portions of the highway were temporarily closed.

CACTUS FARM


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The Cox Cactus Farm was inundated by a creek that runs through its property, forcing workers into an all-out effort to save the company's more than 600 varieties of plants, cactuses and shrubs. In the end, hundreds of cactuses and plants washed away in the torrential flood.

TUCSON RESCUE

Firefighters in Tucson rescued a woman who was stranded in her car. A video by the Tucson Fire Department showed a rescuer climbing an extended ladder to reach the woman, who was driving a four-door sedan. The firefighter gave the woman a life vest before helping her climb out of the car and onto the ladder.


Thomas Ingersoll and Sydney Cisco watch flash flood waters from the Sonoran Desert overrun Skunk Creek, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in northwestern Phoenix.
Thomas Ingersoll and Sydney Cisco watch flash flood waters from the Sonoran Desert overrun Skunk Creek, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in northwestern Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Matt York/AP)

Flash flood waters from Skunk Creek overrun a road through the Sonoran Desert, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in northwestern Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Flash flood waters from Skunk Creek overrun a road through the Sonoran Desert, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in northwestern Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Matt York/AP)

Flash flood waters from the overrun Skunk Creek flood I-10, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in northwestern Phoenix. Flooding from heavy rain in the Phoenix area
Flash flood waters from the overrun Skunk Creek flood I-10, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in northwestern Phoenix. Flooding from heavy rain in the Phoenix area has forced authorities to close several major roads, including a portion of Interstate 17 about 25 miles north of the city. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Matt York/AP)