Mesa families evacuate flooded neighborhood

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

MESA, Ariz. --- People living in more than 120 homes in Mesa were urged to evacuate Monday, following record rainfall in the area.

Drainage basins filled, and overflowed into the neighborhood north of the US-60, near Stapley Drive.

Water flooded several homes, and was waist-deep in some streets.

"Waves from a bus going by broke a window and flooded the basement," Tammie Erickson said.

Monday night, SRP warned of further potential power outages.  The power company said electricity could be cut to protect transformers from flood damage.

Evacuations were not mandatory, but several families streamed out of the neighborhood, carrying a few belongings each.

"I put stuff as high as I could before I left.  You just can't take it all," said longtime resident Patti Benard.

Mesa and state officials hope to begin pumping water out of the drainage basins into canals soon.

"The holdup is, that the canals are filled to the brim and can't hold anymore," Mesa Mayor Alex Finter told reporters.

"It's going to take days to pump the water accumulated here," he added.

Mesa Police have officers stationed through the neighborhood, to calm fears of looting.