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Residents frustrated with monsoon flooding their property, home

Posted at 5:02 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 22:25:03-04

Neighbors on the southwest side are frustrated after years of Monsoon flooding streaming in and around their homes. 

Residents say the rain is coming from the Tohono O'odham Nation and running through their property.
 
Frank Placencio has lived near Cardinal and Valencia for nine years. He says every year during monsoon his property as well as his neighbor's property gets flooded from the rain.
 
"It gets very very muddy, wet. I mean we have water all over. It's like a wave coming through here because it is coming from back there. Even though it doesn't rain here, it's raining behind this little mountain. It is all coming through here," he said.
 
Video taken by his neighbor showed water flowing through his neighbor's back and front yard into his property. About a foot to two feet of water accumulated.
 
"All the water is coming into my garage," he said.
 
 
Aside from going in his garage, he says it brings along trash too.  
 
"I am talking trash, bottles like she said, then we have found needles, we have found all kinds of trash," he explained.
 
The Pima County Department of Transportation came out Thursday afternoon to listen to resident concerns. The county says since this community is on the border with the Tohono O'odham Nation, the county has to stay within its parameters.  
 
"What is there to do but just wait for it and there is not much I can do except wait for it. It's afterward that we deal with it."
 
KGUN 9 has reached out to the Tohono O'odham Nation to bring this problem to their attention.