floodingA massive storm drenched the Valley with record rainfall early Monday morning, turning freeways into lakes and forcing the closure of highways, streets and schools throughout the region. Gov. Jan Brewer ordered non-essential state employees to stay home Monday and she declared a “statewide emergency for areas impacted by today’s severe rainfall and flooding.” The storms prompted Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to declare a state of emergency for the city, an action that allows multiple city departments to operate and respond from one location. Stanton said the emergency management team will work “around the clock” to monitor the situation and deploy the necessary resources to areas of the community that were hit the hardest. “Last night the city of Phoenix and our entire regions saw levels of rainfall we haven’t seen in nearly a century,” Stanton said at a media briefing late Monday morning. “…Thank God there have been no fatalities as a result of this historic rainfall and flooding.” More