USA TODAY: Record rainfall swamps Phoenix

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Record rainfall swamps Phoenix

Monday is the rainiest single day in the history of Phoenix, where weather records go back to 1895. The rain has turned freeways into lakes and forced the closure of highways, streets and schools throughout the region. And it’s still raining. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport has already recorded 3.29 inches of rain, which breaks the all-time calendar day record total of 2.91 inches the National Weather Service reported. That record was set in 1933. Gov. Jan Brewer ordered non-essential state employees to stay home Monday and she declared a “statewide emergency for areas impacted by today’s severe rainfall and flooding.” School administrators throughout the Valley canceled and delayed classes as a result of the massive storm.

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