Ahwatukee Picks Up Pieces After Storm

July 16, 2013

Ahwatukee residents and officials are dealing with the damage of Monday night's storm Tuesday. Six of the 12 schools of the Kyrene School District in the town were hit by the storm.

storm damage Storm damage in an Ahwatukee neighborhood. (Photo by Al Macias-KJZZ)

The storm left behind broken security cameras, eighty uprooted trees, leaky roofs and shattered library windows in the six schools. Nancy Dudenhoefer is the spokeswoman for the district. She said the priority now is for crews to assess the damage.

“They’ve been out there since about 6 a.m.," said Dodenhoefer. "There are a couple of damaged marquees and field lighting. Yeah, it's not normal."

Insurance agencies in the area, such as State Farm, are also feeling the impact of the storm. Agent Lynn Hennessey’s office stayed open until 7 p.m. Monday to help customers. Manager Judy Rogers said most people have been calling about car damage.

“Most everybody is in good spirits," said Rogers. "I don’t think that we’ve had anybody angry yet, because they understand that they’re not alone. The whole process is going to take a lot of patience because in a loss like this, there’s so many claims that the claim office is going to get overwhelmed.”

The Weather Service describes the storm as a microburst with winds up to 60 miles per hour. A spokesman said there could be more storms Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. 

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