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Mesa Opens Temporary Relocation Center To Help Residents With Flood Damage

Emerald Park Submerged
(Photo by Alexandra Olgin/KJZZ News)
More than 10 feet of water fill Emerald Park at Harris Drive and Hilton Avenue in Mesa.

In the aftermath of Monday’s historic rainstorm, the City of Mesa set up a temporary relocation center for people whose homes lost power or were damaged by rising floodwaters.

But Mesa Mayor Alex Finter said less than a handful of people took advantage of it.

“We think partly because people didn’t want to leave their homes, they were worried about any theft that might occur,  they’re scared, also, they’re worried about belongings,” Finter said. “So we had come in strong force with the police and sealed off this entire area, and we’ve had no reports of looting or theft.”

The weather forecast calls for no more storms over the next week, and Finter said that’s a good thing.

“We cannot take any more water. We are maxed out. We couldn’t take a quarter inch of rain in my opinion,” he said.

Finter said he’s meeting with Arizona’s Department of Transportation to talk about options, as well as worst case scenarios.

In the meantime, he said the city is using massive pumps to remove water from the retention basins.

Finter said a recovery and resource center opened at Fire Station 202, 830 S. Stapley Drive, to help homeowners with next steps. 

KJZZ senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.