Congresswoman Visits Flooded Arizona RV Park
U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick got a first hand look at the muddy mess that covers a Black Canyon City recreational vehicle park north of Phoenix, according to the Casa Grande Dispatch.
The first-term Democrat from Arizona’s 1st District spent two hours surveying flood damage Friday (Feb. 5) with much of her time occupied at the River’s Edge RV Park.
A thick layer of mud now covers the RV park as well as the mobile homes that couldn’t get hauled out in time before the floodwaters hit on Jan. 21-22.
“It must have been like a washing machine,” RV park owner Steve Phillips said of the flood as he looked at his truck buried in mud.
His home and tool shed were also covered in a layer of mud.
No one is able to move back into the RV park until the mud is cleared and utilities are restored.
“This time, we lost a whole bunch of property,” Phillips said, including land that literally washed away into the nearby confluence of the Agua Fria River and Black Canyon Creek.
Bud Dunn and his wife were among just three RV park residents who decided to ride the flood out. They stayed with their dog in their neighbor’s trailer as two feet of water flooded into it.
“We didn’t expect it to get as high as it was,” Dunn told Kirkpatrick. Unlike some of his neighbors, his RV was inoperable so he couldn’t get it out when the warning of the impending flood came in.
Now he’s trying to clear out caked-on mud and keep away any mold with plenty of Lysol.
Kirkpatrick asked one resident if he could use a temporary FEMA trailer, and the reply was “yes.”
Kirkpatrick said she hopes some will become available for Black Canyon City residents, where emergency officials estimated that 150-200 homes were destroyed.
Residents flooded on the other side of Interstate 17 said they were especially surprised, saying they’d never heard of Black Canyon Creek flooding in their neighborhood.
More than a dozen people had to be rescued by boat.
Meanwhile, local and state officials are adding up property damage costs, hoping Yavapai County will qualify for individual financial assistance for its residents.