Mesa home damaged during Monsoon, getting worse as rain pounds the Valley

Posted at 10:27 PM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-06 17:14:11-04

It's been three months since Debbie Domenicucci's roof was ripped off its hinges, and sent flying into her backyard.

A monsoon storm on July 9 caused serious wind damage, forcing her to clear out her home while waiting for repairs. 

"Since then, it's been nothing but a nightmare," she said. "Because I can't get a new roof on."

Roofing companies are booked solid for weeks, though, if not months, thanks to hundreds of calls for repairs across the valley, as more rain slams Arizona. 

With Domenicucci's home only protected by blue tarps and sandbags, showers are causing even more damage inside her home: carpets had to be ripped out after being soaked, insulation destroyed, and in some areas, mold is starting to grow. 

"It's extremely frustrating," Domenicucci said."You think you're making headway and then you're slammed back to square one." 

Domenicucci says her home has run up more than 70 thousand dollars in damage. She's living at an extended stay hotel, her belongings are packed up in storage bins, and her pets are being boarded until she can find a temporary home to rent.

"There's nothing you can do," she said. "This year has been horrible for monsoons and the rains and the winds." 

Domenicucci doesn't expect to be back inside her home for almost another year but plans to have roofers start repairing the damage in November.