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Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 1:27 pm

Storm damage at South Mountain Park has caused the city to close the Central Avenue entrance to the park indefinitely.

Heavy rains caused massive damage to the roads leading into the park and up the mountain.

Crews will need to remove debris and then inspect those roads to ensure the underlying roadbeds are still intact. It’s unknown how long that work might take, said David Urbinato, spokesperson for the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.

Six vehicles were trapped on Summit Road by the storm Tuesday night. The fire department transported those people off the mountain around 9 p.m., Urbinato said. There were no injuries, but the vehicles could not come down from the mountain until 10 a.m. this morning.

Urbinato said the damage caused by this storm was greater than long-time rangers had ever witnessed.

All other entrances to the park remain open.

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