Mayor Greg Stanton to tour flood-damaged areas near South Phoenix

SOUTH PHOENIX - Six days after storms caused massive damage to a South Phoenix neighborhood, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will be taking a tour of the area Tuesday.

City officials say Stanton will start his tour near the intersection of 19th Avenue and Dobbins.

Last Wednesday, Monsoon winds and rain damaged six-square miles in the area, including vehicles and at least 23 homes.

At a community meeting Monday night several residents said the flooding was the city and county's fault.

"This run-off and this problem and the flood was caused entirely by Maricopa County and the city of Phoenix's engineers. This has nothing to do with where we are, we lived here for a long time prior to this," said one man at the meeting.

The South Mountain community is not in a flood zone so many people in the area don't have flood insurance.

Judy Mercado has been living out of a trailer since her home flooded. She thinks officials should declare the area a disaster area.

"I want to know if the community is going to help us rebuild our house. Where are the resources going to come from? Why didn't anybody come out to check on us? No one from the council came and we were obviously on the news. Why didn't they come and see the damage for themselves?" said Mercado.

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