SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Meteorologists called Saturday’s storm system “sporadic” as it hit the Valley, but while it was weak in places, those areas that were hit were hit hard.
Eli Secody had spent the day with his family at the Heard Museum. When they got home they found a foot of water in the front yard and the rain was still pouring down.
“I couldn't believe it, it was real high, I didn't want to open the door,” Secody told ABC15.
As he opened the front gate it sent waves of water sloshing up against the wall of his home. He was afraid opening the front door would be like opening a dam.
So he and his family rushed to their nearest Lowe’s where he purchased sandbags hoping to stop the rush of water from getting past the front door. Unfortunately, it was too late.
“It was like a punch in the gut man, I just didn't know what to do,” Secody said.
Inside, the family discovered the water had risen above the wall’s electrical sockets.
“It really just broke me in half because this is our home. It felt like it was all destroyed -- everything just gone. A lot of stuff that we worked so hard for,” said Secody.
Secody rents from owner Robert Shipp who says the property has become a retaining basin for Thomas Road.
Shipp is trying to work with the city to do something about the run off.
But until he gets some answers, Secody and his family are without a home, unable to live inside the house that has been damaged from the storm.