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Tempe house damaged during "rare" storm event

Posted at 7:45 AM, Aug 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-10 13:52:14-04

The thunder and lightning may have woken up many residents across the valley Thursday night into Friday.

But, one homeowner got a water wake-up call of his own. 

"The street had become a river," explained Eric Ausen. "And the second that I opened the door a little water came in and I immediately shut it and started shoving towels there hoping to stop it, which failed miserable."

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Austin then realized that his staircase has transformed too and had become a waterfall inside his home. 

Austin said he has lived at his home near Rural Road and Southern Avenue for nearly 20 years and has seen plenty of monsoon storms.

But, this overnight storm proved to be unique. 

"It has never come into my house until tonight," Ausen said. 

FORECAST: Storm chances could continue Friday

He called a water restoration company around 2:00 a.m. Friday morning. They got back to him roughly 3 hours later saying they were in quote "catastrophe" mode as they were dealing with other homeowners. 

"I'm numb," Ausen said. "I'm honestly over it. There's absolutely nothing I can do..."