Laveen family's home flooded with horse manure in storm

LAVEEN, AZ - A Laveen family is cleaning up a lot more than water from Tuesday’s flooding.

RELATED: Power outages, flooding damage after storms rattle the Valley

Horse manure was carried into Joyce Oliphant’s home when the floodwaters broke through her doors.

She has three horses in a pasture next to her house.

“I woke up [Thursday] gagging from the stench of it,” Oliphant said.

“It smells like a sewer is the best way I can describe it; it's horse manure, dirt, and debris and standing water."

A mud line approximately 18 inches above the floor shows how high the polluted water rose in the home near Dobbins Road and 27th Avenue.

On the same day the storm devastated Oliphant's home, she experienced the joy of her family growing.

Her daughter, Anastasia Sauerman, gave birth to a baby boy hours before the flood.

“I just started crying,” Sauerman said about her reaction when she returned home from the hospital and saw the flood damage.

“It's sad because it's my first son, you want everything to be perfect when you come home, and it's just not.”

Oliphant said she canceled her flood insurance last month, because she needed cash for a divorce.

Even so, she and her daughter told ABC15 that they remain hopeful.

Sauerman said she believes her community will help.

“If I can't keep it together and fix it, then how am I going to raise a kid?”

Note: For anyone who wishes to help the family, please email jon.erickson@abc15.com for contact information.

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