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Jan 23, 2010 8:37 AM by Associated Press

Arizonans dry out, Californians head home

Arizona residents are digging out or drying out after the biggest series of storms to hit the state in nearly two decades.

Deadly winds and rains led to flooding, a train derailment and closed major interstates. Some mountain towns were buried under feet of snow.

Storm-related deaths include three people in vehicle accidents and two others killed by falling trees. Searchers continue to look for a 6-year-old boy swept away by flooding late Thursday.

Meanwhile, hundreds of California evacuees are being allowed back home at the end of a week of lightning, vicious downpours and tornadoes. Tens of thousands of California residents remain without power.

The storm system has moved on to New Mexico, where winds toppled a 100-foot broadcasting tower and knocked several TV and radio stations off the air.

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