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Dangerously close calls in latest monsoon storm

Monsoon knocks over tree

Dangerously close calls in latest monsoon storm

By Liz Kotalik. CREATED Jul 20, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Monsoon storms flooded roads and washes, leaving firemen rushing from scary scene to scary scene.

"We were kinda running all through the city," TFD Capt. Mark Wallace told Nine On Your Side.
 
In a wash near Broadway Boulevard and Mann Avenue, a woman was stuck in 10 to 15 mile per hour rushing waters that pulled her a half a mile down a raging wash.
 
She eventually grabbed onto something and pulled herself out, leaving firefighters in awe of how much worse this could have been.
 
"There were shopping carts and trees and stuff floating down here," Capt. Wallace said, "and if any one of those would have grabbed her, she wouldn't have made it. I told her to buy a lottery ticket on the way to the hospital."
 
And there were others who had luck on their side.
 
A sidewalk ripped apart on Marcy Lane and Pena Drive.
 
The storm had uprooted a tree, that fell straight down onto the walkway.
 
And right down the street on Stella and Houghton Roads, a power line leaning dangerously into someone's backyard.
 
"I was just concerned for the people in the house," said young neighbor Kyle Wilcic. "I wasn't sure if it crushed their house or not."
 
Thankfully it did not, but others weren't so lucky.
 
 
Liz Kotalik

Liz Kotalik

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Liz Kotalik is so proud to work in her home state of Arizona with her KGUN9 family. She anchors the 7 a.m. morning show "GMT Extra" on the CW Tucson every weekday, and also reports for later newscasts.