City of Mesa prepares for monsoon rain

 It was one of the worst storms we've ever seen here in the valley.

Last September, more than 4 inches of rain fell in Mesa, causing dozens of homes to flood.

Now the City of Mesa says they're more prepared than ever for this year's monsoon season.

The city says they have begun preparing for the monsoon, spending $4-5 million to improve the drainage system, and to prevent flooding like last year.

It was called the 1,000-year storm, and it happened last September. The storm resulted in major flooding in the Emerald Park neighborhood in Mesa.

"I just don't want to wake up, and it's flooding all over my house again," said Angelina Guadarrama.

Angelina Guadarrama's home was damaged last year; her furniture was destroyed.

"They have to do something, I don't want it to happen again," she said.

The City of Mesa says they are doing something.

"We're installing about two dozen rain gauges throughout the city," said Steve Wright.

City spokesperson Steve Wright says rain gauges will monitor the exact amount of rain in different areas of Mesa, backflaps are also being installed to stop water from overflowing into neighborhoods. Some of the money being used is paid for by grants.

"We're obviously working as hard as we can to figure out what kind of things we can do in the future to minimize the event, but it's very difficult planning for an event that may, or may not happen over a thousand years," said Wright.

Not every homeowner in the neighborhood is concerned about another flood.

"We had never had any problems with it before, so I'm not worried that anything is going to happen again," said Diana Athington.

The city says a lawsuit filed by some of the flooded homes was dismissed. Another lawsuit by flooded homeowners was recently filed, and the city says they cannot comment on it.
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