Phoenix families left without beds, couches following flood

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by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on August 21, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 21 at 11:15 PM

PHOENIX -- Families in the Sunnyslope neighborhood in North Phoenix are still suffering following Tuesday's floods.

"I haven't slept in days. I'm exhausted," Victoria Rodriguez told 3TV on her third straight day of cleaning her home near 15th and Peoria avenues.

The water rose to about 1 foot in her living room, after running down from nearby mountains. The mud is now gone, but all of her couches and beds are still wet and have to be thrown out.

"I've got to figure out how to get rid of these couches or get couches or beds or something in here for my kids," she said.

The Red Cross put the family up in a hotel for three nights but their stay ends Friday. They'll be home Friday morning and possibly without a place to sit or sleep.

"Emotionally, it screws me up," Rodriguez said through her tears.

The Red Cross helped put her in touch with other relief organizations. She is on the list for assistance from Maricopa County Emergency Management and St. Vincent de Paul.

Across the street, Kelly Dawson's home is barely livable. A stench from wet carpets and furniture permeates.

"I"m stuck here, and it's moldy, it's stinky, it's nasty," she said.

County officials say it's important for any wet carpet and furniture to be thoroughly dried or thrown out.

More than two days after the destructive storm and flood, lower-income families are finding that help is hard to come by.

If thrift stores and charity organizations can come up with new couches or furniture for the Rodriguez family and others, it might not come for days or weeks. In the meantime, they'll have to make do with the few things the storm did not destroy.

"It's just the aftermath, this is ridiculous," Rodriguez said.

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