South Mountain residents get hit hard once again by storms

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Residents of the South Mountain area just can't seem to catch a break.  The area got hit hard, once again, by the heavy storms. And today's pummeling came just weeks after a round of bad storms in August left the neighborhoods soaked, homes flooded and property ruined.

On Monday's Good Morning Arizona, Javier Soto talked to residents in one of the hardest hit areas, near 27th Avenue and Dobbins.

Heavy rain soaked the streets, a wash overflowed and Phoenix police even had to block off some intersections. It wasn't long before water started seeping into homes.

Homeowners say they were not prepared for round two of storms to hit this soon. "This is definitely round two," says area resident Judy Mercato. "We were trying to prepare for this storm. We put up a block wall. But without fail, the 100-year flood struck us twice in less than 30 days. We're just devastated. Our house filled up with water. We had the pumps going, we put cinder blocks up. This is unbelievable."

Judy still hadn't brought all her belongings back to her house after the last round of storms. She had been waiting so she could flood-proof the home. Turns out, it's a good thing she waited, or she would have lost a lot more in Monday's rain.

"We lost everything in the last flood, or just about everything," she says. "If we had started putting things back in the house we would have lost everything again."

Back on August 12, The National Weather Service said 3.55 inches fell in a 24-hour period in the South Mountain area. Many residents were devastated by the flooding. They hoped that was the last of the wet weather, but Monday's powerful storm caught them off guard.

We saw one home being flooded during Monday morning, but  the owners were on vacation! So several neighbors pitched in to help out and try to control the damage and hold back the water.

"The washes from South Mountain have been directed into our community," says area resident Dennis Mcabee. "There are three washes that come through a culvert into our community."

Mcabee says many folks in the area have tried to get flood insurance but it hasn't had time to kick in since the August storms. "Everybody else tried to get flood insurance, but there's a 30-day waiting period," he tells us. "So nobody else has flood insurance yet."

Residents say the situation is very frustrating. "At the end of this wash is where my home is, and it;s taking out my yard as we speak," says Mcabee. "We have talked to the City of Phoenix. We have talked to the Maricopa County Flood District. We've talked to the builder. We've talked to SRP. They were all at the town meeting. They offered no help whatsoever in terms of money."