Heavy rains and flash floods have affected several states in the American Southwest. A state of emergency was declared in localities in southern Utah and Nevada. In both areas, 40 to 50 mm of precipitation fell in 1 hour.
Two people are reported missing after heavy rains in New Mexico. At the same time, the teenager is still missing and a young child has died in sporadic flooding in Arizona over the past few days.
Heavy rain caused flash floods in parts of southern Utah on July 26. Areas of Iron County and Cedar City were hardest hit, where Mayor Mail Wilson-Edwards has declared a state of emergency. In a statement, the mayor said: “According to preliminary information, our city received more than two inches (50 mm) of precipitation in about one hour. Which classifies yesterday's storm as a flood with a frequency of about 500 years in some areas.
"The amount of rain in such a short period of time overloaded the flood control facilities and led to local flooding in some areas of our city. The floods affected public infrastructure, private houses and apartments, businesses and churches. Some residential premises remained uninhabitable."
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for those who cannot stay in their homes.
Heavy rain hit Nevada on July 26 after a stormy day (July 25) with winds of 80-100 mph (130-160 km / h). The worst flooding was recorded in Pahrampe in Nai district, where public services were closed.
Nye County Governor Tim Sutton issued a Local Emergency Declaration on July 27, 2021, "as a first step towards obtaining assistance and redress from the State of Nevada and federal partners for the damage caused to Pachump by Sunday night and Monday storms."
The Nevada National Meteorological Service said 1.85 inches (47 mm) of rain fell on July 26 during the storm in Pachrumpa. Most of that rainfall fell in less than an hour, according to AP reports.
Heavy rain and flash floods have also been reported in areas near Red Rock in Nevada, where 1.84 inches of rain fell during the storm.
Heavy rain triggered torrential floods in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 27, 2021. This is the second flood in the city in a week, when on July 20, three people died after being washed into an arroyo (water channel).
In much the same circumstances as on July 20, rescue teams in Albuquerque searched for two people who were allegedly washed away into Arroyo, northeast of the city on July 27.
In an update on July 27, the Albuquerque Fire Department said: "One victim found in the Washington and Cutler area was in Arroyo Embudo and was successfully rescued. Rescuers are still looking for another victim."
A young girl was reported missing after a flash flood in Pima, a town in Graham County, Arizona, on July 22, 2021. After a long search, the Pima police department reported that the girl's body was found on July 26, 2021.
Meanwhile, a teenage girl was reported missing after her car was blown away by flash floods near Cottonwood, Yavapai County on July 24. Verde Valley Fire, Cottonwood Police, and Cottonwood Fire Brigades sent search teams to find the girl. The search continues.
A flash flood on July 25 led to the evacuation of people near the town of Taylor in Navajo County.The evacuees were able to return home.
Two people stuck in a truck caught in a flood were rescued on July 23 by an aviation unit in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Arizona.