AFTERMATH: Monsoon storm floods many parts of Phoenix metro, Arizona

NEW RIVER, AZ - Nearly 24 hours after intense monsoon storms dumped inches -- literally -- of rain on many parts of central Arizona, residents are assessing the damage and the clean up begins.

Emergency crews worked overnight to reopen two freeways that had been closed due to flooding. The Arizona Department of Transportation announced Wednesday morning that the Loop 303 and State Route 74 had reopened.

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The Cox Cactus Farm near 15th Avenue and Desert Hills Drive said it suffered thousands of dollars in damage after flood waters swept equipment and cacti plants away.

The farm is located right next to the Skunk Creek Wash, which severely flooded in Tuesday's storms. Air15 video Tuesday showed quick moving flood waters carrying cannisters of cacti down like a river.

Wednesday morning the damage was revealed: fences were moved, infrastructure was damaged and several cacti plants were destroyed.

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In one neighborhood in Black Canyon City about two dozen homes sustained serious damage from water and mud. 

Jean Johnsonwith the Salvation Army is spending the day assessing damage and talking to residents.

Johnson said that she reports what she finds to the American Red Cross and FEMA to see if there is any assistance available.

The storm ripped off Mary Dittner's roof. Inside the home, the ceiling is beginning to collapse at several locations. She has lived in this home since the 1970s, owns it, however, doesn't have any insurance.

She is facing the reality that the home will no longer be livable.

"I'm a widow and I was laid off three years ago. I haven't been able to find work," she said tearfully.  "I don't have the money to fix it."

At the River's Edge RV Park, residents are also cleaning up. Those residents had to evacuate for most of the day on Tuesday.

One of the residents there, Larry Benton, was able to pull some of the trailers out of the rising waters.  His truck is known as "Big Red."

"We're all family here," he said.  "When one is down we all come together."

Residents there are concerned about forecasts of more rain to come.

Severe flooding also left a New River family at a loss.

Tuesday's storm caused flash flooding in the area.

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Jenna Curtis's family owns an 8-acre-property right off 1-17. 

"My family worked hard to buy this place," said Jenna. 

It's not just Jenna's family who lives on the property, any of her extended family as well: aunts, uncles, cousins etc. 

Jenna says she watched her grandfather's trailer, who recently passed away, get carried by the strong currents in Tuesday's storm.

Flood damage isn't covered under the Curtis' homeowners insurance. 

The family is still missing two dogs, both are a mix between a Beagle and Basset Hound.

 

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