Monsoon 2017 finally brings significant rain to parts of the Valley

A few areas around the Valley were hit hard with rain and caused flooding for the first time this season.

NEW RIVER, Ariz.- Washes in New River filled with water late Monday, as the skies opened up.

A Flood Advisory was issued Monday evening for parts of Maricopa County. According the National Weather Service, a Flood Advisory means river or stream flows are elevated, or ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.

Sky 12 flew over New River, catching the rain filling the parched desert.

In the greater Phoenix area, the West Valley didn't see much action Monday evening, but the storms hit the east.

Only 0.02 inch of rain was recorded at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, leaving Phoenix in a deficit so far this month. According to the National Weather Service, that's a 0.19 inch departure from normal.

RADAR: Phoenix Metro Radar

It was quite a different story in the East Valley as some neighborhoods are waking up with drenched streets. Spots near Gilbert and the 202 in Mesa picked up more than 0.3 inch of rain. Almost 0.4 inch was recorded near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

Chandler Heights and Queen Creek take the win with nearly an inch of rain in a very short period of time overnight. A massive lightning, thunder and wind show accompanied many of these storms.

Some roads and areas in Queen Creek are closed today due to standing water. Via del Jardin at Sonoqui Wash, the athletic fields at Desert Mountain and Founder's parks and the community arena at Horseshoe Park, according to the official Queen Creek twitter account. 

In addition, Queen Creek officials urge people to use caution on trails along the Sonoqui & Queen Creek washes because there are areas with standing water & debris.

The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above average precipitation for its extended outlook in the next six to 10 days in the Southwest United States.

Arizona takes in almost half of its yearly rainfall during the monsoon.

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