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Residents: Flooding not act of God, but Phoenix planning mistake

'They're charging a hell of a lot of money for these houses and you're not telling these people they're going to get a surprise of a lifetime,' a woman said at a forum in Fire Department 57s station. (Source: CBS 5 News) 'They're charging a hell of a lot of money for these houses and you're not telling these people they're going to get a surprise of a lifetime,' a woman said at a forum in Fire Department 57s station. (Source: CBS 5 News)
More than 1.5 inches of rain last week flooded several residences in Laveen. (Source: CBS 5 News) More than 1.5 inches of rain last week flooded several residences in Laveen. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Many residents complained this was not the first time they have been flooded. (Source: CBS 5 News) Many residents complained this was not the first time they have been flooded. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

This room inside Fire Department 57 wasn't big enough to hold all of the people who turned out to attend Monday night's community meeting.

It was set to be a question and answer session between residents and staff from the city of Phoenix about the major flooding that took place in and around Laveen's Southern Hills neighborhood near the base of South Mountain on Aug. 12.

It quickly became clear what issues homeowners wanted to discuss.

Since construction started in the Southern Hills neighborhood a few years ago, residents said they've noticed every time it rains the new infrastructure seems to divert water into their neighborhood. They said this last storm was the tipping point.

"You're approving builders to build houses and they're building them down Baseline and they're building them down these other places and they're charging a hell of a lot of money for these houses and you're not telling these people they're going to get a surprise of a lifetime," a woman in the audience complained.

There were complaints from several residents about repeat flooding, and they voiced a lack of trust in city leaders.

City officials called that particular storm a monsoon a 200-year storm.

"Even if everything worked perfectly this storm would have flooded some folks as water came off the mountain," said city of Phoenix Planning and Development Director Alan Stevenson.

Stevenson said the plans for the subdivision met all the requirements for engineering at the time it was built.

"I think if there is an issue the city will look and see if there is a problem. It's too early to tell what all those issues are," Stevenson said.

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