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Homes sustain heavy damage in Rainbow Valley, fire district says

Posted: 7:47 PM, Aug 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-03 21:57:43-04
Homes sustain heavy damage in Rainbow Valley
Homes sustain heavy damage in Rainbow Valley
Homes sustain heavy damage in Rainbow Valley
Homes sustain heavy damage in Rainbow Valley

Residents of Rainbow Valley area saw severe storm damage to their community on Thursday. 

The Buckeye Valley Fire District said multiple homes in the area of Rainbow Valley and Elliot roads sustained heavy damage.  

See more damage around the west Valley in the video player below. 

A BVFD official said there are at least 10 to 15 homes destroyed or heavily damaged within a one-mile radius of Arlington and Rainbow Valley Road.

"Like all the thunder, it was so loud - explosions everywhere," Rainbow Valley homeowner Becky Favela said.

One home reportedly collapsed on a family, but all members were able to crawl out to safety from underneath the wreckage, the official said. 

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The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said one structure lost its roof. The family that lives in the home was pulled to safety without any injuries.

The area is also without power, and several power lines are down. 

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"The roof is caved in, in the back," Rainbow Valley resident Krystle Tarr said. "For the most part, other than tearing the air conditioner off, the house is still standing just everywhere around it isn't."

First responders are asking for residents to stay off the roads until further notice. 

Multiple families have been displaced as a result of the storm. The Red Cross has set up at Buckeye Valley Fire Station 326 located at 19937 W Arlington Rd, Buckeye, AZ 85326 to assist anyone needing immediate assistance.

People can also go to Estrella Foothills High School, located at 13033 S Estrella Pkwy. in Goodyear, for Red Cross assistance.