QUEEN CREEK, Arizona. – Friday night’s monsoon wreaked havoc in the Southeast Valley, causing power lines and trees to fall, missing trampolines and some car windows were shattered by high winds.
In parts of Queen Creek, trees had fallen in almost every house. Some snapped in half like twigs while others were torn from the ground.
“It was almost like a tornado,” said Richard Street, a Queen Creek resident who spent his Saturday chopping down the front yard tree that nearly fell on his car.
“I’m happy to get rid of it. I wanted to get rid of it but not quite that way,” he said.
Driving home during the Friday night storm was dangerous, says Jon Mayhew, a resident of Queen Creek. “One of the trees fell right in front of me, then I stopped and a big tree fell right behind me,” he said.
Hunter Ellingson filmed his car ride as he dodged falling trees. He said, “All the trees were on the road. We probably had that much room to squeeze in.
Then he checked in his garden where his trampoline was. “The rest of the trampoline flew elsewhere,” he said.
He is also not the only one looking for a trampoline. Her neighbor Stephanie Kaener says she also missed her trampoline.
Kaener said that while they were busy packing their patio furniture inside, their trampoline blew up. “It blew us away when we tried to fit the furniture inside. It literally blew me and her from side to side,” she said.
Queen Creek resident Ann Marie Padilla said: “I felt like I was going to be Mary Poppins and be taken honestly.”
Some residents of the neighborhood have seen blown windows in their cars.
Rescue of animals damaged by the monsoon
An animal shelter in Queen Creek was destroyed in Friday’s storm.
Second Chance Dog Rescue destroyed a dozen structures, including a new manufactured home.
One of the niches was lifted up into the air and overturned. A dog has been injured but should be fine.
They fundraise on their Facebook.
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Be prepared and stay safe during the monsoon
“Most people in the valley know how quickly and how quickly storms can move in and out, resulting in strong winds, dust, rain and flash floods. These storms can cause interruptions to services, such as water, electricity and gas, ”said Captain Ashley Losch of the Glendale Fire Department.
GFD reminds residents how they can prepare and stay safe:
- Have flashlights with extra batteries on hand.
- Have foods that can be prepared without the need for cooking or refrigeration.
- Have at least one gallon of clean water for each person in the household.
- Have emergency power available for anyone who needs power for a medical device.
- Have backup power for cell phones that do not require charging.
- Have a first aid kit ready and accessible.
- Never drive in areas with flowing water; it takes less than 10 inches to wash a car.
- Avoid flooded areas, such as washes.
- If the waters are rising, look for higher ground.
- Stay away from downed power lines, the ground can be live up to 200 feet.
- Keep animals indoors during storms.
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