Weekend storms cause severe damage throughout Mesa

A monsoon storm hit Mesa Saturday night, and it left quite a mess.

Mesa Public Schools Operations Crews are cleaning up the mess nearly two days later.

A massive tree was pulled from the ground at Robson Elementary School, with it went part of a sprinkler system, and some of the area was flooded.

"The crews will have to get out here and re-dig those lines, and make sure the sprinkler system is operational so that the tress and grass are watered," said Principal Kent Ashton.

Ashton is the Principal of Robson Elementary School.

"A little bit of fence damage from those tress coming down," he said.

He surveyed the damage done to his school. Ripped tarps and crooked fences will limit the kids recess to just the basketball courts. The debris left over shocked parents.

"Some of the neighbors were saying they thought it was a small tornado or something, I said I don't know about that, but at least it was a microburst," said parent Richard Wojahn.

Meteorologists are calling it a downburst, a type of microburst. The principal says something else comes to mind.

"I drove in Sunday morning from the Gilbert Road side, and the first words that came to mind was Armageddon, I was concerned for the building if that was damaged," said Ashton.

Thankfully there was no damage done to the school and students were back in session this morning during regular school hours.

Mesa High School had some tarps ripped off the roof and trees uplifted from the ground as well.


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