Agencies partner to help South Mountain flooding victims
More than 1.5 inches of rain last week flooded several residences in Laveen. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Many residents complained this was not the first time they have been flooded. (Source: CBS 5 News)
'They're charging a hell of a lot of money for these houses and you're not telling these people they're going to get a surprise of a lifetime,' a woman said at an Aug. 18 forum in Fire Department 57's station. (Source: CBS 5 News)
LAVEEN, AZ (CBS5) -
South Mountain residents who saw their homes severely flooded by the Aug. 12 monsoon storm are getting help from multiple agencies this weekend.
The city of Phoenix, Maricopa County and the State of Arizona have opened a Recovery Information Center to offer resources for residents affected by the heavy rains.
"Earlier this week, homeowners showed me and other city officials the damage flood waters had done to their homes and pointed out that they were having to pay for repairs out of their own pockets," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. "I'm pleased that we could bring together all these agencies to help homeowners recover from the storm."
One of the hardest-hit areas was in and around Laveen's Southern Hills neighborhood near the base of South Mountain.
There were complaints from several residents about repeat flooding, and they voiced a lack of trust in city leaders.
City officials called that particular monsoon a 200-year storm.
"Even if everything worked perfectly this storm would have flooded some folks as water came off the mountain," said Phoenix Planning and Development Director Alan Stevenson at a town hall meeting on Aug. 18.
This weekend, Councilwoman Kate Gallego, whose district was heavily affected by the flooding, said "many residents in the Laveen and South Mountain areas still have a long road ahead to recover from the storm.
"I appreciate city staff joining with Maricopa County and the state of Arizona to pull together this resource center as one more tool residents can use to coordinate recovery and repair efforts and identify resources to continue moving forward and repairing their homes," she said.
The center, which opened Saturday, is located in the community room of Fire Station No. 57 at 1708 W. Dobbins Rd.
The center will be open again between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25.
Arizona Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (AZVOAD) member organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Team Rubicon, American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter, Salvation Army and Arizona Southern Baptist Disaster Relief will be on site providing resources and information for residents who were affected by the storm.
The City of Phoenix Human Services, Neighborhood Services, Planning and Development and Public Works departments also will be on site.
On-site donations in the form of a check will be accepted at the Recovery Information Center, or residents can make donations to AZVOAD. Write "Monsoon 2014" in the memo section.
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