Information center set up for Valley residents affected by floods

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by Christina O'Haver

Video report by Tess Rafols

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 24 at 5:39 PM

PHOENIX -- Several agencies have teamed up to help provide relief to Valley residents affected by recent monsoon floods.

City, county and state officials have opened an information recovery center in Phoenix to inform the public about the resources available.

"Earlier this week, homeowners showed me and other city officials the damage flood waters had done to their homes and pointed out that they were having to pay for repairs out of their own pockets," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said in a statement. "I'm pleased that we could bring together all these agencies to help homeowners recover from the storm."

The center is led by the City of Phoenix, which has several departments participating, including human services, neighborhood services, planning and development, and public works.

Also on site are disaster-relief organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Team Rubicon, The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter, The Salvation Army and Arizona Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

"In times of emergency, when real people suffer real loss, it is important that public and private resources come together to do what they can," Maricopa County Supervisor Marie Lopez Rogers said in a statement.

The center is located in the community room of Fire Station No. 57 at 1708 W. Dobbins Rd., an area hit particularly hard by storms.

"Many residents in the Laveen and South Mountain areas still have a long road ahead to recover from last week's historic monsoon storm," said Kate Gallego, city councilwoman for that district. "I appreciate city staff joining the Maricopa County and the State of Arizona to pull together this resource center as one more tool residents can use to coordinate recovery and repair efforts and identify resources to continue moving forward and repairing homes."

Barbara Schneider, who lives on Dobbins Road, visited the center on Sunday to talk to officials about repairing the washed out roads and creating a better drainage system in the area. She told 3TV that her car was totaled when it became stuck in a flood and she had to be rescued.

"The other day when it rained again, I was afraid to come home because I didn't know how the roads would be," she said.

Dawn Schneider said the standing water has created a major mosquito infestation at her home.

"I didn't have it as bad as a lot of people, but we have to try to pitch in and try to help each neighbor out," she said. "It's very interesting about, you know, how the community did come together. It's very nice something finally got done."

The Phoenix Fire Department said Sunday evening that 88 residents affected by floods had visited the center.

It will be open until 6 p.m. Sunday and again on Monday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Residents wanting to donate to the Arizona Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster can do so on site or by mailing a check to AZVOAD, 501c3 at P.O. Box 97028, Phoenix, AZ 85060. Write "Monsoon 2014" in the memo.

For more information, call the City of Phoenix at 602-534-2222, email contactus@phoenix.gov, or visit www.phoenix.gov and click on the "storm update" box.

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