Monsoon 2015: Cleanup underway after valley storms

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It's a busy day of cleanup valley wide, a day after a strong thunderstorm hit the valley.
 
Crews were working early in the morning at Rainbow Valley Elementary. 
 
"It was a really good storm last night, it hit us," said Tom Isaac.
 
The school sent in a photo of the flooded streets, and hail busted out a window on one teacher's car.
 
"We lost ten trees. One of them that we lost is called a memory tree that was planted in honor of some children who were lost in a house fire some years ago. The staff is pretty devastated by the loss of that tree. We also lost an air conditioning unit because some of the debris that was flying around cut the lines," said Terri Matteson.
 
In the neighborhood around the school, strong winds sent a backyard fence flying into the desert. A trampoline was spotted in the middle of the road, and a metal covering from a dairy farm partially collapsed.
 
"My kids were like mom look, everything is flying away," said one parent.
Workers at the City of Phoenix were also busy, cleaning up damage near 48th Street and Washington.
 
Crews were cleaning up debris and trees from the roadway, and working to get the roads ready for the morning commute.
 
In Tempe, the Lakes subdivision was hit hard. The neighborhood located near Rural and Baseline had several trees fall, including one large one onto a home.
 
Right after the storm hit, neighbors started calling John Centell to tell him that four large trees fell.
 
"I thought I said I hope it's a small tree in the front, not the hundred footers, but any way they're all gone," said John Centell.
 
The National Weather Service says a total of five microbursts touched down across the valley during Thursday's storm.

 


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