Storm knocked over trees, tossed debris into pools

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by Erika Flores

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Posted on July 4, 2014 at 7:33 PM

PHOENIX -- Thursday night's dust storm left a number of Valley residents with some unexpected yard work.

Over the course of several hours, the storm made its way through the Valley, bringing high winds and rain with it. But as the dust settled, the storm left a fair amount of damage in its wake.

The high winds knocked over trees and tossed debris everywhere, including into pools. We Fix Ugly Pools says if you don't get that cleaned up right away, it could cost you a pretty penny.

Families are cleaning up the mess as they prepare for their Fourth of July celebrations.

"I was probably going to call over my friends and a couple of my cousins. We were going to go swimming," said Gailand Baron.

He said he came home after the storm hit and found his pool filthy.

"All of the stuff that was left over just blew straight into the pool," Baron said. "It was basically just tiny bits just scattered all over."

Brian Morris, the manager of We Fix Ugly Pools, said the pool was clean yesterday.

"And now, you can see even from an area that wasn't hit as hard as some of the other areas, you've got a pretty good layer of dusting on this pool," he said.

Morris said it's crucial to clean out your pool before it gets backed up.

"As the filter pressure goes up it creates a back pressure, which won’t allow the cleaners to operate, or it will cause the filter pressure to go way too high and actually cause the filter to split," Morris explained.

And if that happens, it can be costly.

Morris said it can cost $1,000 to $1,500 for a filter instead of a few hundred dollars for service call or a little extra time cleaning.

But the storm didn't only cause dirty pools. Trees toppled over after high winds hit the Phoenix area.

One even landed on a central Phoenix home with teenagers inside.

"We just heard a really loud crash, and it kind of freaked us out,” said Annie Sherman.

"At first, I thought it was lightning outside," said Kate Staudenmaier

Fortunately, no one was hurt.

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