Neighborhood pools become mud ponds after wash sweeps through

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by Ashleigh Barry

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Posted on August 13, 2014 at 10:33 PM

PHOENIX -- Pool cleanup crews were on the job for more than eight hours Wednesday after a powerful wash swept through a South Phoenix neighborhood.

A Laveen homeowner shot video that shows how the water filled with dirt and debris overcame a small plane runway at the base of South Mountain and rushed right through yards and swimming pools. Minutes later, those once crystal blue waters were nothing more than murky mud ponds.

Brian Morris with We Fix Ugly Pools was swamped Wednesday, literally fixing ugly pools. He says this latest task has been the most difficult his business has seen in more than a decade.

Homeowner Veronica Wene called them in for the dirty job and recalls what she was thinking before mother nature left its wrath.

"I was watching the clouds build over the mountain and I was thinking, 'Oh please, just skip us tonight,' " she said.

They weren't so lucky, but fortunately, she says that because they left it to the professionals, the pool isn't a total loss. Morris also attributes Wene's swift response.

"We call this an act of God. You can't really project what's going to happen. What you can do is once you see it happening, you can get out and turn your equipment off right away," he said. "If the homeowners had left their equipment running, they probably would have lost both their pumps, probably blown up their filter, so it was good they came out and turned everything off."

These types of cleanup jobs cost thousands of dollars and countless manpower hours.

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