Scott Dykes of American Equipment & Excavation has not seen anything like last week’s floods.
“Neighbors couldn’t get into driveways,” said Dykes, who helped his neighbors navigate and clear the flood with his wife, Greer.
“We built it up to where they could get in and out of driveways. Residents of a cul de sac had to walk through mud and debris to get to their cars. We removed 50 to 60 tons of material.”
The couple, who have long helped their neighbors, did not charge anyone to scrape and/or patch driveways.
“Anything that has to do with accessibility, we do for free,” he said.
Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical Department Public Information Officer Brent Senton said the devastation was visible throughout the area. In New River, Daisy Mountain Fire was dispatched in the early afternoon of July 23 to a home impacted by the flood.
According to a GoFundMe page, Sheri and Brian Lasher had to be evacuated by helicopter from their home of more than 30 years in New River.
“They were trapped inside their mobile home,” he recalled the emergency caller saying. “The water was spilling over the windows and their trailer was becoming unstable. They were worried it would tip over and be washed away.”
As of July 25, $13,738 of the $20,000 goal has been met at https://bit.ly/Lashers.
Senton said the fire apparatus could not pass through the flooding near the home at Mingus Road and Central Avenue. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrived with a helicopter and assessed the scene from the air and rescued the couple. The Lashers were taken to an ambulance at the command post near Fig Springs and New River roads. They did not sustain injuries, but lost everything in their home, Senton said.
“I’ve been with the department for 17 years and I’ve seen my fair share of flooding in that area,” Senton added. “This is unlike anything I have ever seen. All the washes were 3- to 4-feet deep. They were flowing like a river.”
The rescue was the first of its kind this year, he said.
Maria Uebel of My Crossroads Christian Fellowship in New River said the fellowship hall there was flooded. However, with the help of volunteers, they cleaned up the water.
“We had industrial carpet squares that we pulled out and hosed down,” said Uebel, the wife of Pastor Bryan Uebel.
“We had a really great group of people come together and help us. Oh my gosh, it was amazing. If you put something out there, everyone comes together. This isn’t the first time the community has come together. It’s a blessing to be a part of it.”
Uebel is thankful for the Tacolandia food truck owners, who provided lunch for the volunteers.
“It was my pleasure,” said Jian Gonzalez, who owns Tacolandia. “It’s my community. We fed both My Crossroads and Desert Hills Community Church. When I started my food truck, they opened the doors for me to park my food truck in their parking lots. It’s the least I could do.”
Gonzalez said Desert Hills Community Church of the Nazarene was hit particularly bad.
“The whole inside of the church was flooded,” Gonzalez said.
He lives near Seventh Street and Jordon Lane and also had flood damage, specifically to his Finding Hope Animal Sanctuary.
“The whole rescue was flooded — the stalls, kennels. The canopy flew and broke from the wind.”
The community can donate on its Facebook page.
The Dykes are happy to help their community as well — during any natural disaster.
“We immediately dispatch our large trucks and our heave equipment,” Greer said. “What we did over the weekend was we pulled vehicles that were dead in the water, and scraping roads so people could get through.”
God, they said simultaneously, is what steers their community service.
“We’re very much a Christian family,” Greer added. “It’s just my husband and I. We’re thankful to live in the community we live in. We’re blessed so we support our community.”