Storm cleanup continues in North Phoenix Monday

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by Erika Flores

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Posted on July 28, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 29 at 11:18 AM

PHOENIX -- Clean-up crews were still on the job Monday after a macroburst slammed into the northeast Valley Saturday night.

According to the National Weather Service, the macroburst covered about 12 square miles in north Phoenix, with winds up to 70 miles an hour and higher in some localized areas.

"Definitely a lot of cleanup,” said area resident Steve Heilman.

Homeowners are finding more and more damage as they clean. "I've got this tree here, and the wall in, and roof damage," said Ron Jones.

Then Jones found out his truck has two thousand dollars' worth of damage after being hit by hail. "It was just ridiculous,” said Jones. “You're not expecting it!"

He didn't expect to be in the middle of a macroburst. "It was just horrendous,” said Jones.”Got water coming in the house. We were not sure what was going on."

Jones said it all started with rain."I hear the gallon-sized rain drops," said Jones. "It just got worse and worse. Things are falling and the hail is hitting.”

Steve Heilman said he's lived in North Phoenix for about 30 years. "Absolutely incredible. I had never heard anything like it," said Heilman.

The wind knocked over his 40-foot tree. "First daylight I was up on the roof and over at my neighbors trying to see how much damage had been done when the tree fell," said Heilman.

The tree knocked down his wall and landed on top of his neighbor's roof. "The windows were shaking, and as you can see, it did a bit of damage,” said Heilman.

But no one was hurt.

Monday, people around 40th Street and Greenway were inspecting roofs and AC units, replacing broken windows, and getting rid of trees that were knocked over by the wind.

Some hired clean-up companies. Others did it themselves with the help of neighbors.

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