Clean-up far from over after Monsoon storm in Laveen

LAVEEN, AZ - More than a dozen homeowners in Laveen gathered Monday evening to discuss what their options are in dealing with the cost of unexpected flood damage.

Clean-up continues for dozens of homes damaged from last Tuesday night's storm.

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"Right now we are in the process of cutting everything out," said Chris Kriaris whose home was damaged by storm.

Kriaris says he has an estimated $700,000 dollars’ worth of damage and has spent more than $40,000 on repairs.

Kriaris' home is just across the street from an SRP canal. He has no flood insurance because he doesn't live in a declared flood zone. Since insurance won't cover him, he's hoping for help from SRP.

SRP told ABC15 last week that they have a team that watches the storm. When they see a storm coming, they drain the canals. They also divert the water. SRP officials say this procedure was followed Tuesday night, but their canals couldn't handle the amount of water run-off that came from South Mountain the night of the storm.

"I don't believe that. These canals should be able to hold that amount of rainfall so this does not happen," said Kriaris.

So far, SRP has 15 claims filed so far. Claims investigators are in the early stages of investigating and are still gathering records. But crews told homeowners that it looks like an issue with Mother Nature. They are hoping to have better information by the middle of the week once everything is gathered.

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