Big storms down trees, rip roofs from PHX homes

Posted at 10:06 PM, Sep 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-16 01:06:02-04

Valley residents are cleaning up toppled trees, downed utility poles and even roofs that were blown off of homes during Monday night's powerful storms.

APS crews on Tuesday worked to restore power after as many as 15,000 customers were hit with outages during the height of Monday's strong winds and flooding rains.

As of Tuesday afternoon, only about 15 people were still powerless.

Powerful wind gusts took down massive trees across the Valley, and even took one man's carport off the garage it was attached to.

"My neighbor came over and said, 'Hey Don, your roof blew off,'" Don McElhaney joked. "About a half hour afterwards I came out and said, 'Oh crap,' so I have to get it back up there."

McElhaney says he's hoping insurance covers the damage.

As for APS crews, officials say they've been working since 9 p.m. last night to undo the storm's damaging effects.