Monsoon rain damage

89-year-old woman's home flooded

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(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

"There was about 4 inches of water throughout the house on the inside, coming through the doors the back as well as the two front," said Bruce.

Bruce was in shock when he got a call from his 89-year-old mother Betty.

"There was a lot of debris inside, and outside it's a complete mess," said Bruce.

Crews ripped up the flooring, baseboards and mopped out the debris and mud.

"It’s heartbreaking. Did I mention her age? She is 89 and this is twice it's happened in two years," said Bruce.

In September of 2014 water rushed through the entire house.

Betty was displaced for weeks and the long clean-up process was trying on Bruce’s elderly mother.

"She’s very tired. She's been here all day with us because we had to convince her; we had to pack her up and move so she is very upset," said Bruce.

"I finally had to walk over in the water in my dress clothes and at least get my dog out and see what was happening with my house," said Nathan Mercer.

Betty's neighbors were also flooded out. Nathan Mercer's house has been deemed inhabitable.

"About 3 inches of water and the mud was all over my kitchen area," said Mercer.

It's a huge inconvenience for these families. They believe the storm drains in this neighborhood just can't keep up and if more storms like this past week happen again, they will never get a chance to dry out.

"It's too bad that something can’t be done to fix the situation here on the roads," said Mercer.

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