Feb 192013

MARANA, AZ – A woman who was swept away in a flooded southern Arizona wash during heavy monsoon rains was found dead Friday, authorities said.

Pima County sheriff’s officials said the body of 52-year-old Angelina Carrasco was recovered from her car, which was found upside down and partially submerged in a flooded wash north of Tucson.

Multiple law enforcement and fire agencies had searched by air and ground for hours for Carrasco, whose husband was injured in the incident.

Sheriff’s spokesman Tom Peine said deputies got a call from a motorist stuck in a wash early Friday. The man, who was able to get out, said he heard another man yelling for help and saying his legs were broken.

Rescuers in the community of Marana found that man on a sand bank surrounded by water around 6 a.m. He told them he had been there for hours but his wife had been swept away. The man in his 60s was taken to a hospital for treatment of a fractured pelvis, according to authorities.

Three other vehicles were found in a wash nearby, but the occupants were safe, Tucson TV station KVOA reported.

Meanwhile, several drivers had to be pulled from their cars by fire crews in the Phoenix suburbs of Goodyear, Mesa and Apache Junction.

Goodyear fire crews used a raft to rescue a man who was stranded atop his utility company truck in a flooded wash Friday evening.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings Friday morning for parts of Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, after up to 3 inches of rain fell in some areas.

A stretch of the U.S. 60 freeway in the area was inundated, with drivers having to cross flowing water and traffic backed up for more than a mile.

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