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PHOENIX FLOODING

Floods force interstate closure north of Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) - Flooding from heavy rain in the Phoenix area has forced authorities to close several major roads, including a portion of Interstate 17 north of the city.

Dramatic aerial television footage showed a river of muddy water rushing down I-17 about 25 miles north of Phoenix as motorists worked to move into other lanes to avoid the deluge. The DPS has since closed the interstate in that location and is redirecting traffic into the southbound lanes back toward Phoenix.

Flooding has also closed several other roads north of Phoenix. Authorities say firefighters rescued multiple motorists from vehicles trapped by floodwaters.

Fire officials say many of the rescues occurred in places where roads go through dips that were flooded.

FLOODING-TRAILER PARK EVACUATED

Sheriff: Black Canyon City trailer park evacuated

BLACK CANYON CITY, Ariz. (AP) - A small trailer park in Black Canyon City is being evacuated because of flooding Tuesday in the northern outskirts of the Phoenix area.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says the 15-20 residents of the River's Edge Trailer Park are being evacuated and are being offered shelter by the Red Cross at Cannon Elementary School in Black Canyon City.

Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn says there's been minimal flooding damage to the park so far but that authorities want to get residents to a safe location because flooding has damaged roads in the vicinity.

GRAND CANYON CONTRACT

Lucrative Grand Canyon contract up for bid again

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - One of the most lucrative contracts in the National Park Service is going out to bid for a third time, after Grand Canyon officials found the previous bids unacceptable.

The contract for lodging, food, retail and transportation services on the South Rim is expected to bring in nearly $1 billion in gross revenue over 15 years.

The contract first went out for bid a year ago. But Grand Canyon Superintendent Dave Uberuaga (oo-buh-RAH'-guh) says the park didn't receive any bids that were responsive to the conditions of the contract.

Since then, the park has reduced the amount that the successful bidder would pay up front and increased the franchise fee to 14 percent. Uberuaga says he's hopeful that will entice bids.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts currently holds the contract.

DRONES-PHOENIX

Phoenix officials preparing ordinance on drones

(NOT FOR USE IN THE PHOENIX MARKET)

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix City Council members want to provide personal privacy protections on the use of aerial drones by members of the public and by police.

According to the Arizona Republic, an ordinance being drafted by Councilmen Sal Diciccio (dih-SEE'-see-oh) and Michael Nowakowsk (NO'-ugh-cow-ski) would make it a crime to use a drone to film or photograph people on their private property without their knowledge

The council members say they want to broaden the reach of "Peeping Tom" laws and to prepare for potential drone usage by police.

Under the proposed ordinance, a violation would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $2,500 fine and six months in jail, with each distributed image being a separate offense.

Exceptions would include making certain types of images for artistic or journalistic purposes.

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