Town hall meeting held to discuss flood damage in South Phoenix

PHOENIX - Dozens of South Phoenix homeowners spoke out at a town hall meeting Monday night, angry that they lost so much in last week's heavy storms that caused flooding throughout the area.

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Officials with the City of Phoenix, Maricopa County and SRP met with residents at fire station 57 off of Dobbins Road.

Last week, more than a dozen cars were stranded in the road near 19th Avenue and Dobbins during the storm. Then the water rushed into dozens of homes.

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Most residents we spoke with left with even more questions than answers.

They feel like they're getting the runaround from officials.

They say something could've been done to prevent so much damage.

"I want to know who is going to help us rebuild our homes. Why didn't anyone come out to check on us?" said Judy Mercado, whose home was destroyed.

In total, 23 homes have been reported destroyed. City officials say that's not enough to designate it a disaster zone. That means residents do not qualify for state or federal emergency funds.

Two feet of water swept through Mercado's house. She does not have flood insurance and is left sleeping in a camper as she figures out what to do.

"It's disgusting dirt," she said. "Everything is ruined."

This area is not considered a flood hazard so flood insurance is not required.

The City of Phoenix says new homes must meet 100-year flood zone standards. They say this storm was a once every 200-year event.

Officials urge residents to report if their home was destroyed to the American Red Cross. That could help with funding.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilwoman Kate Gallego plan to tour the damaged area Tuesday morning.

RESOURCES:

-American Red Cross, Grand Canyon Chapter: 602-336-6660/ 800-842-7349

-FEMA

-Maricopa County: FCD.maricopa.gov to report flooding

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