Monsoon ruins veteran's home; volunteers help rebuild it

Terrible flooding caused by a monsoon last year damaged many homes near South Mountain.

Now one veteran and his wife are getting some serious renovations done, all for free.

The Home Depot has teamed up with the non-profit Hands On Greater Phoenix, they are rebuilding the Army veteran's home.

"They've been living this way for about a year, with holes in their walls, their backyard damaged, so they're finally getting some support that they need," said Chris Helmuth.

Mark and his wife Kathleen bought the home brand new. After living in it for 15 months, a heavy monsoon flooded the home last August, causing about $20,000 in damages.

"There was 18 inches of water on the side of the glass, it looked like a fish aquarium," said Mark.

Mark says the rain water flowed down the mountain, knocked down all his neighbors walls, and ended up in his backyard, up to three bricks high of standing water.

"We just couldn't stop it, it was coming in from every different angle in the house," he said.

On Tuesday, 40 volunteers with Home Depot, as well as Hands-On Phoenix, worked to get the home in new condition again.

"Ceilings, gaps from pets, insulation, cutting dry wall, we're going to paint," said Helmuth.

Mark jokes saying his home was new when he bought it, and now it will be new again. He says he is forever grateful for all the help.

"Absolutely unbelievable, a total God-send, the money and manpower that they are spending in order to get us fixed, is just a true blessing, it's just awesome," said Mark.

About $10,000 worth of supplies was donated to make the renovation possible. 

Over the next two weeks, Home Depot and Hands-On Greater Phoenix will be renovating a total of six homes owned by Valley veterans.
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