Some residents brace for flooding, as rain moves into the Valley

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- The grey skies over Phoenix Wednesday is, in a way, foreshadowing what the Valley could see tomorrow: rain, and lots of it. Those living up north could be hit even harder.

Neighbors in a Cave Creek neighborhood say they know there's already been a lot of rain when the usually dry desert has turned green.

"We still have two washes that we have to go through that will probably get a foot in them at least, and the sheriff's department will have their signs out, and the patrols waiting and warning people," said Julie Becwar. Since she lives near low water crossings, she's preparing ahead of time.

"Make a run to the grocery store, stock up on just a few things, not panic, but do a few things to be precautionary for tomorrow," said Becwar.

The National Weather Service office in Phoenix said folks can expect widespread rain throughout the Valley, with those in Cave Creek and the New River area getting a brunt of it. NWS' Andrew Deemer says the rain won't rush down all at once, but slowly throughout the day for several hours.

"Pretty crazy. I mean these desert roads, when the flood like this with a small car like mine, it can be super questionable. It is a danger with this vehicle," said Michael Gregorie, who works in the area.

One delivery driver says he is keeping a close eye on the conditions, and may not even work tomorrow. In other words, some people who live in the area may not get their packages delivered on time for Valentines Day.

"It's going to be sent back to the station," said the driver. "We do what we can as drivers, but we can't risk our vehicles. When work gets disrupted, it gets disrupted."

For people who live in a flood-prone area, a number of fire departments are offering free sandbags, including New River, Daisy Mountain, and Black Canyon City.

Sandbag pickup with Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical
Fire Station 141
43814 N. New River Road

Fire Station 143
35050 Old Black Canyon Highway

Fire Station 146
3116 W. New River Road

Sandbag pickup locations in Maricopa County
http://gis.maricopa.gov/SandBagPickupLocations/Viewer/