Meeting addresses flood concerns in South Mountain area

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX--  Some south Phoenix residents are sounding off about the storm that flooded their homes and streets, and could cost them thousands of dollars.

The storm hit last week near 19th Avenue and Dobbins, and homeowners say they're frustrated. Some blame the local government for putting their homes in harm's way.

On Monday evening, city and state leaders, SRP, and engineers held a meeting to address those concerns and discuss flooding in the area.

"You never think this is going to happen to you, and it happened, and you don't know what to do," said homeowner Vanessa James.

Flood waters took over her garage and her daughter's bedroom. "One of our bedrooms just got trashed. We had to rip up carpet," she said.

The meeting at the Fire Station in South Mountain was so packed that neighbors took a break in the middle of it to figure out how to get more of them inside the room, although many still could only listen from the hallway.

The crowd was desperate for help. "I just feel like there was not really any help,  like I need to call the Red Cross. I shouldn't have to do that," said James.

Homeowner Lonna Baccus had 14 inches of water rush into her home. "I opened our back door and there it went," said Baccus.

She's now stuck with mud and water damage. "We're worried about the mold," said Baccus.

Neighbors said city and county engineers approved the plans that are now leaving their homes defenseless every time it rains.

"I think our governor should consider this a State of Emergency.  We have a general fund for emergencies," said State Representative Catherine Miranda.

Neighbors say they walked out of the meeting more frustrated than they were before. "We didn't get any answers. Just a lot of excuses," said Baccus.

Anyone who had flood damage in the South Mountain area is encouraged to call the Red Cross.