Flood Watch
from FRI 11:00 AM MST until SAT 11:00 PM MST, Yavapai County Mountains, Little Colorado River Valley in Coconino County, Little Colorado River Valley in Navajo County, Little Colorado River Valley in Apache County, Eastern Mogollon Rim, White Mountains, Northern Gila County, Yavapai County Valleys and Basins, Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons, Western Pima County including Ajo/Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Tohono O'odham Nation including Sells, Upper Santa Cruz River and Altar Valleys including Nogales, Tucson Metro Area including Tucson/Green Valley/Marana/Vail, South Central Pinal County including Eloy/Picacho Peak State Park, Southeast Pinal County including Kearny/Mammoth/Oracle, Upper San Pedro River Valley including Sierra Vista/Benson, Eastern Cochise County below 5000 ft including Douglas/Wilcox, Upper Gila River and Aravaipa Valleys including Clifton/Safford, White Mountains of Graham and Greenlee Counties including Hannagan Meadow, Galiuro and Pinaleno Mountains including Mount Graham, Chiricahua Mountains including Chiricahua National Monument, Dragoon/Mule/Huachuca and Santa Rita Mountains including Bisbee/Canelo Hills/Madera Canyon, Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains including Mount Lemmon/Summerhaven, Baboquivari Mountains including Kitt Peak, Kofa, Central La Paz, Aguila Valley, Southeast Yuma County, Gila River Valley, Northwest Valley, Tonopah Desert, Gila Bend, Buckeye/Avondale, Cave Creek/New River, Deer Valley, Central Phoenix, North Phoenix/Glendale, New River Mesa, Scottsdale/Paradise Valley, Rio Verde/Salt River, East Valley, Fountain Hills/East Mesa, South Mountain/Ahwatukee, Southeast Valley/Queen Creek, Superior, Northwest Pinal County, West Pinal County, Apache Junction/Gold Canyon, Tonto Basin, Mazatzal Mountains, Pinal/Superstition Mountains, Sonoran Desert Natl Monument, San Carlos, Dripping Springs, Globe/Miami, Southeast Gila County

Monsoon 2016: Widespread flooding in the north valley

The Phoenix Fire Department made a number of water rescues as parts of the valley saw heavy rains that sparked flooding and snarled traffic.

Officials said on Tuesday, firefighters rescued a man sitting on top of his vehicle along Interstate 17 and helped another man out of his car at another location.

Flooding closed Interstate 17 in both directions at Indian School Road in Phoenix and traffic throughout Arizona's largest city slowed to a trickle as some roadways became streams.

The National Weather Service says storms would into the East Valley and warned driver to stay off roads.

The heavy rain caused washes to fill up fast, including the Willow Springs Wash, just north of Rancho Manana Golf club near Old Stage Road and Desert Hills Drive.

The fast moving water was seen flowing over into some streets.

A reminder: turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths happen in vehicles.

By 10:30 p.m., Interstate 17 had reopened in both directions at Indian School Road.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.