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West Valley residents still recovering from Monsoon storm damage

Posted at 7:36 PM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 01:48:55-04

Some Valley residents are still keeping their eyes on the skies after Monsoon storms devastated homes and businesses over the last few weeks.

“It’s devastated us,” said Rainbow Valley resident Donna Toms. “We’re dealing with lots and lots of stress,”

Stress because her family's house is now missing part of its roof due to a massive storm last week that left countless Rainbow Valley homes in ruins. 

“The windows got smashed in, the roof is off of it, and all the other homes in the area, the same thing occurred throughout their homes as well,” said Nicole Hernandez. "It's been really traumatic."

Hernandez took video of the moment 70 mile-an-hour winds took dead aim at her home.

“The winds were so forceful that we couldn’t get the front door pushed all the way shut and that’s when the front window literally burst in on all of us,” said Hernandez. 

She says the home is too dangerous to live in at this point as they wait for further inspections. Hernandez said dealing with insurance companies has been painstakingly slow, but help came in the form of a phone call on Monday from the Red Cross and an offer of a place to stay.  

“I'm going to get somewhere to really rest my head, and we’ll have somewhere to be, we don’t have anywhere to go right now,” said Toms. 

In Buckeye, things remain grim for The Red Barn furniture and Appliance store. 

Miaja Allen's grandfather founded the store in 1965. A store that stood for 53 years had its roof ripped off during a storm on July 9. Its walls are on the verge of collapse, and many of the appliances and antique furniture they had once hoped to sell is now ruined. 

“Every time we hear a storm coming or we see the clouds, we all panic because we’re all like what are we going to find tomorrow,” said Allen. 

With tears in her eyes, Allen says she cries for her grandfather who lived for the store. She says he comes and stands inside the now skeleton like building, dreaming of days past. 

As costs mount, it’s her grandpa’s legacy that keeps her going as she's yearns to rebuild. 

“I think it’d mean the world to him,” Allen said. 

As for those in Rainbow Valley, it’s the simple things that keep spirits high and hope alive. 

“I cry in the morning and I laugh in the evening, hows that," said Toms.