Ahwatukee Foothills was hit hard by heavy rain and strong winds on Monday night. The 100 mph winds left trees down and more than 4,800 people without power for about three hours on July 15.
The city of Phoenix received more than 125 calls for service Monday evening. Crews were dispatched by the police department to help direct traffic around down trees and to help clear some of the damage from local roadways.
There was significant damage at Pecos Park where several trees had been uprooted. Crews are expected to be working on cleaning up the most severely hit areas throughout the week.
“I have lived here for 26 years and have never seen a storm do more damage than the one we endured (Monday) night,” said City Councilman Sal DiCiccio. “It is going to require a huge, collective effort to clean up our community.”
DiCiccio joined the Phoenix Police Department, Phoenix Street Transportation Department, and the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department on a tour of the damage Tuesday morning. He said it would take about a week for the city to assess and clean up all the damaged areas.
In the mean time the city has dispatched nine roll away bins to be placed on Ahwatukee streets. Those bins are for any green organic material, like tree branches, that were torn down by the storm. Thirty bins will be placed around the community by Wednesday. Those bins will be emptied regularly and moved according to need. City crews have collected 40,000 pounds of green waste so far.
The city has set up a hotline number residents can call for help with clean up or to find out where the roll away bins are located, (602) 262-7251. Information can also be found at www.phoenix.gov.
DiCiccio said he has received several calls from residents looking to volunteer their time to help with the clean up. He will be organizing a clean up event for this Saturday, July 20.
Hundreds of volunteers have helped already to clear large trees from neighbor’s yards. Individuals with damage to their home or car are encouraged to call their insurance company.
Just outside of Ahwatukee Phoenix Premium Outlets was also hit hard by the storm. Tall columns with store names around the property were broken.
Rain and scattered showers are forecasted for the Valley through Sunday.