Video shows the family vehicle engulfed in muddy floodwaters in Catalina, Arizona.
The man and his daughters climb out the roof as firefighters first grab the girls and bring them to safety and then help the father.
"So thankful that no one was hurt and everyone went home safe!" The Gulder Ranch Fire District tweeted. The agency also noted that the storm produced lightning that struck a house in the area.
Your @GRFDAZ firefighters had a busy morning! Along with the lightning strike to the house, they safely rescued a man and his two daughters from the roof of their vehicle after it was swept away in fast moving water. So thankful that no one was hurt and everyone went home safe! pic.twitter.com/A9vwm5CzXC— Golder Ranch Fire (@GRFDAZ) July 14, 2021
Other communities in the area reported unpassable roads and streets that looked like rivers. Residents were told to shelter in place in Coconino County or move to higher ground when possible. The flood was in part a result of a wildfire that left scarred earth two years ago. Another video posted to social media showed a Toyota Prius sailing down a street.
The Arizona Department of Transportation warned drivers to expect monsoon weather, which can produce thunderstorms with heavy rainfall.
FLASH floods occur suddenly, as you can see from this video courtesy of the City of Flagstaff taken Tuesday.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) July 14, 2021
Expect the unexpected.
Get ready for monsoon driving: https://t.co/iqWof9oBN2 #flagstaff #azsraffic pic.twitter.com/E0wsJ4ASxY