Rainy season unleashes with fury, beauty in US Southwest

  • FILE - In this July 14, 2021 file photo, Shawn Newell digs out piles of muck from her driveway and front garden left behind by extensive flooding in Flagstaff, Ariz. After two bone-dry years that sank the U.S. Southwest deeper into drought, this summer’s rainy season unleashed with fury. Monsoon storms have brought spectacular lightning shows, bounties of wildflowers and mushrooms, and record rainfall to the region’s deserts and mountains. They’ve also brought destruction, flooding streets and homes and leading to some swift water rescues and several deaths. (Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — After two bone-dry years that sank the U.S. Southwest deeper into drought, this summer’s rainy season unleashed with fury.

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