Photos: Major flooding hits Anthem area


by Carina Sonn

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 10:52 AM

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ANTHEM, Ariz. -- A Monsoon storm dumped more than one inch of rain and pea-sized hail on the Anthem area. It happened in less than one hour on Tuesday evening.

The rain caused massive flooding of streets and homes and turned normally dry washes and riverbeds into raging rivers.

A peak wind gust from the storm was recorded at 66 mph.

Many Anthem residents said it was the worst storm they had ever seen.

Downed trees littered sidewalks and yards, as washes turned into rivers.

The main thoroughfare through town, Anthem Way, was blocked off during the afternoon drive, after it was covered by severe flooding.

"I moved out from Sacramento less than a year ago and I thought I knew what flooding was and it's nothing like I've seen before," said Matthew Christl. He had to pull over, and was forced to find an alternate way home.

The storm toppled several trees in Christina Kitson's backyard, and tossed her kid's sturdy play set, and trampoline. Lawn furniture was blown into the pool and fire pit.

The total damage at her house alone will cost a few thousand dollars to fix and it happened in less than a minute.

"All of a sudden everything is ripping out of the ground and flying across the yard. There was no warning," said Kitson.

APS said all of the 1,100 customers who lost power in the storm should now be restored.