LAVEEN, AZ - A Laveen family whose home was devastated in an August flood now has a good distraction.
Shasta Pools donated labor and parts to repair Joyce Oliphant’s pool, which was flooded with horse manure from the family’s horse pen.
The bottom of the pool was covered with “six inches deep of horse manure and mud,” Oliphant said.
"I was really worried about the health risk,” Oliphant said.
Shasta Pools previously sold Oliphant the pool; she told them what happened to her property in the flood and showed company leadership a story ABC15 aired on the family’s losses.
The company repaired Oliphant’s pool and installed a new filter and pump system, at no cost to Oliphant.
“Over the years, we've looked for opportunities when one of our customers has a problem [that] we can help them out,” said Rick Mortenson, who works for Shasta Pools.
As Oliphant's home repairs continue, the pool now serves as an escape from her still-alarming reality. Drywall has been ripped away from her home’s walls, and she said she is waiting for the home to further dry before beginning repairs in earnest.
“When I'm out here, I don't even think about the destruction that's in the house,” Oliphant said as she sat by her now-clean pool.
Oliphant, her daughter Anastasia Sauerman, and Sauerman’s baby boy played in the pool over the Labor Day weekend.
The pool repair has given the family some sense of normalcy as their housing situation remains in chaos.
They are, for now, staying at a rental property; few items remain inside their home.
"It's pretty neat that there are people out there who actually care,” Sauerman said, of the pool company.