Cleanup underway in New River after 'historic' flooding


by Amanda Goodman

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Posted on August 20, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 20 at 7:07 PM

NEW RIVER, Ariz. -- Cleanup is underway in New River, the small community north of the Valley that was hit hard by Tuesday's heavy rains and flash flooding.

It was an all-hands-on-deck approach Wednesday to clean up after Tuesday's flooding, with Maricopa County road crews out fixing bridges and roadways, APS crews working to restore power and The Red Cross helping people affected.

"We're out in the field doing damage assessments and working with families that have had losses," said Red Cross Public Information Officer Todd Tamcsin.

They will then take that information and get the right resources to the right places.

One of the hardest hit areas was 43rd Avenue and New River Road.

Tuesday, it was completely covered with water. Wednesday, the water was gone but the damage was done.

"A lot of shoveling of mud and cleanup," said Steven Nouzovsky, who lives in a trailer on the property. "We had a lot of water damage and mud damage."

This afternoon Nouzovsky told 3TV he didn't know where to begin, so he just started shoveling.

His trailer did sustain some water damage but it was his landlord's property that the trailers sit on that saw the brunt of the damage.

"My estimation is just on his property alone is way over $1 million worth," Nouzovsky said.

Cars, all-terrain vehicles, tractors and a fifth wheel were all pushed downstream from the property during the downpour.

The flooding left mud, trees and all sorts of debris.

The task ahead is tedious; it will take a lot of time and "a lot of work," Nouzovsky said.

Anyone needing assistance can contact The Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS. They do have a shelter set up at Boulder Creek HIgh School in Anthem to help answer questions and provide a dry, clean place to sleep.

The Maricopa County Emergency Management Department is not sure of the cost of the infrastructure damaged during the flooding. That is still being assessed.