South Mountain prepares for another storm

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX  -- Residents of the South Mountain area are preparing for another storm and more possible flooding. Cars lined up at the Phoenix Fire Station off 17th Avenue and Dobbins in the South Mountain neighborhood.

"We're here to pick up sandbags. We're going to be prepared this time," said Marisia Diaz.

She and her son were picking up sandbags Monday evening. "The water came in through the walls of the whole back of the house," said Diaz.

The last storm to flood South Mountain took them by surprise and left everything soaked. "Water and mud throughout the entire house - four inches. It was absolutely devastating. There was one point where she could barely pull the back door shut because the water was raging in so fast," said Mickey Diaz, Marisia's son.

The City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Fire Department are supplying sand at fire stations around Phoenix.

"With sand, when it's stacked the right way, those waters will actually flow a different direction. It will actually prevent that water from entering the home," said Captain Benjamin Santallin with the Phoenix Fire Department.

Neighbors are welcome to help themselves. They just need to bring a shovel and bags.

"The South Mountain Laveen area has been hit with four different storms, one really large one, 200 year flood, and then a series of other storms afterward. So people were still recovering from the first storm," said Phoenix City Councilwoman Kate Gallego of District 8.

That's why families like the Diaz family are trying to secure their homes before the waters rise again.

"It was pretty crazy but we're just taking one day at a time and were going to get through it," said Diaz.