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People prepare for more rain with free sandbags

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Residents across the Valley picked up sandbags on Tuesday to prepare for possible flooding. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Residents across the Valley picked up sandbags on Tuesday to prepare for possible flooding. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Chevoon Schoutt talked about the flood damage to her sister's home. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Chevoon Schoutt talked about the flood damage to her sister's home. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Chevoon Schoutt' sister's office was flooded last Tuesday. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Chevoon Schoutt' sister's office was flooded last Tuesday. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Tuesday’s morning storms may have brought rain, but the sunshine after the rain brought many to Tempe to stock up on free sand bags. 

"I have a friend in Scotland, and she asked me to watch her house so I thought instead of her (house) flooding I'd get sandbags for her,” said Kathy Niebore of Tempe.

[READ MORE: Monsoon: Sand and sandbags available in some locations]

Chevoon Schoutt was doing the same for her sister Lindsay, whose house near 32nd Street and Thomas Road flooded last week thanks to the storms.

[READ MORE: Monsoon flooding sparks Valley water rescues, closes I-17 (Aug. 2, 2016)]

"We are putting sandbags all over the house," said Schoutt.

Nearly 4 inches of water flooded the back of the house.

"Some electronics, most of my grandmother's Christmas stuff and clothes. Some are in the boxes," said Schoutt when asked about what had been damaged by the flood waters.

Her sister’s office was also flooded which meant the carpet, computer and all of her books were damaged.

"It's sad. What are you going to do? You can only do what you can. Bear through it I guess" said Schoutt.

With another storm in the forecast, they feel like they aren't getting a chance to dry out and repair.

"The guy is supposed to come and fix the drywall, but now it's supposed to rain again. I don't know what we are gonna do," said Schoutt.

Schoutt’s sister did not have flood insurance and will have to pay for the repairs herself. She called her insurance company to add it on to her plan, but they told her she would have to wait 30 days before they would authorize it.

[READ MORE: Flood Insurance Information]

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