RV park residents wait for drier day to start cleanup

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Residents of the The River's Edge RV Park in Black Canyon City were forced to evacuate when runoff swelled a creek and river that overflowed their banks Tuesday. (Source: CBS 5 News) Residents of the The River's Edge RV Park in Black Canyon City were forced to evacuate when runoff swelled a creek and river that overflowed their banks Tuesday. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Charles Sanders helped move trailers during the evacuation, but lost some of his personal items to the floodwaters. (Source: CBS 5 News) Charles Sanders helped move trailers during the evacuation, but lost some of his personal items to the floodwaters. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Sanders' washer and dryer were among the damaged items. (Source: CBS 5 News) Sanders' washer and dryer were among the damaged items. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Black Canyon Creek was nothing like this on Tuesday when it overflowed its banks. (Source: CBS 5 News) Black Canyon Creek was nothing like this on Tuesday when it overflowed its banks. (Source: CBS 5 News)
BLACK CANYON CITY, AZ (CBS5) -

It's a normally tranquil location, nestled between two riverbeds with large trees that provide ample shade for the trailer sites.

But The River's Edge RV Park in Black Canyon City was anything but tranquil Tuesday as runoff from a massive storm system forced the Agua Fria River and Black Canyon Creek to either side of the park to jump their banks and sweep across the property, moving trailers and washing away personal items.

Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies were forced to evacuate the park at 18801 E. School House Rd. when water from torrential rains cascaded down hillsides and flowed across the desert.

Two of the residences were badly damaged by the floodwaters, but no one was hurt.

Charles Sanders and other residents helped moved Sanders' trailer, his girlfriend's and the other two trailers as deputies began the evacuations.

Neither Sanders' nor his girlfriends' trailer was damaged he said, but his washer, dryer and trailer full of tools had be left behind. They'll stay where they are for the time being, he said on Wednesday.

He said he's waiting for the mud and silt to dry before he tries to remove items or look for his tools.

"I'm just gonna wait," Sanders said. "There's no need in getting' out there. I'll wait 'til it dries out before I try to get anything out."

Daniel Moeller, who does maintenance at the park, said this wasn't the worst flooding he's seen. It was worse in 2010, he said.

One of the owners of the damaged trailers was out of the state, while another was working in Phoenix.

He was asked what was going through his mind while the runoff raced by them Tuesday.

"I've just developed a blank spot, when I was thinking about this, because I didn't want to get mad," Sanders said, mustering a nervous laugh. "There's nothing I can do about it.

"I was just wondering how long this was going to take me to get out. That's what was going through my mind," he said.

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