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Department Of Emergency Management Coordinating Recovery Efforts After Flooding In Gila Bend

Severe storms hit  Gila Bend hard over the weekend from Friday night through Saturday morning.

State and local officials are responding to the damage caused by severe flooding while preparing for more rain.

Two lives were lost while more than 130 homes and 17 businesses were damaged by the weekend storms.

The county opened an emergency operations center, and the board of supervisors declared a local emergency to funnel resources to the flooding.

Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management spokesperson Ron Coleman said the flood control district is sending technical experts to assess the levees and washes in the area ahead of more rain expected this week, "to see if there’s any immediate actions that need to be taken, to help prevent any additional flooding.”

Maricopa County Department of Transportation crews have been clearing debris from the roads, and the Department of Emergency Management sent more than 80 tons of sand and gravel for sandbagging and repairing water and sewer lines.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story has been updated to correct the name of the department Ron Coleman works for and which department is repairing the roads.

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.