LAVEEN, AZ - Two days after a storm dumped over an inch of rain, residents in Laveen are still cleaning up and they aren’t putting all the blame on mother nature. They are also looking at a canal that sits behind their homes.
The Salt River Project's canal runs through Laveen and overflowed from all of the rain that came in this week. SRP officials say the overflow came from the runoff from South Mountain, which received over an inch of rain on Tuesday.
“With the storm they had the other night, it wouldn’t handle it,” said Dale Persons with SRP.
Persons said the company watches every storm system that develops and immediately takes measures to prepare its canals from overflowing, while also preparing its electrical teams to handle power outages.
“We shut down the wells, divert the water, we try to make as much room as we can,” said Persons.
But Chevera Torrez says it has rained hard before and nothing lke this has ever happened.
“We’ve had many storms and it just doesn’t break the walls. The SRP maintenance road gave way and the pressure pushed against the wall causing the flood,” said Torrez, whose home was damaged from flood waters
Torrez says she called SRP immediately and an hour later the company called back saying they diverted the water.
“It was too little too late,” said Torrz.
Now she’s working with SRP to find out what went wrong.
SRP says if you are concerned your home was damaged, to contact them and file a claim.