First monsoon storm packs a punch
Reporter: Jessica Chapin
TUCSON (KGUN9- TV) - The first monsoon storm of the year brought much-needed rain, but dozens of residents say they could have done without the damage that came with it. The heavy winds up-rooted trees, tore off roof-tiles and left more than 200 people without power.
Elizabeth Freeman is the manager of Mission Tierra Apartments. She woke up to the storm and came to work to find destruction.
"Thunderstorm, hail, winds, it was pretty intense," she said. "I saw a tree on top of a car and they were actually uprooted so it shows that the winds were pretty strong last night."
Landscaping crews arrived to haul away debris. Just down the road, Denise Maddell started clean-up on her collapsed ceiling.
"We had water pouring out of light fixtures, we had to turn off electric, there was ceilings falling down," she said. "We were outside, we were scared to be in here for something to fall."
She and her family sat outside from 4 o'clock in the morning until after 9 a.m., when maintenance crews arrived.
She says she and her family will stay in their rented house until the work is done, working around roofers who have weeks of repair ahead.
There is one silver lining to the morning's dark rain clouds. Freeman and Maddell say they were both glad no one was hurt.