Ahwatukee Storm Update

Updated July 19, 2013

City of Phoenix employees continue to work to clear debris and provide assistance to residents since the July 15 storm in Ahwatukee Foothills.

On Tuesday, Councilman Sal DiCiccio and city officials held a news conference to update the public about cleanup efforts. 

Police Department

Phoenix Police dispatch, 9-1-1 and the non-emergency number received 124 calls between 4:30 and 9 p.m. on July 15, with 94 calls in the first hour of the storm.  Most of the calls were reporting traffic hazards, downed power lines and trees, traffic signals not working, collisions and other information.  A command post was established at the Ahwatukee substation where numerous city agencies coordinated answering calls for service to assist residents.

Public Works Department

The Public Works Department is working diligently to assist residents who have been affected by Monday's monsoon. We ask residents who need assistance to call our Customer Care hotline at 602-262-7251.  

To date we have received 175 calls and 12 email messages.  Since July 16, our crews have collected more than 365,440 pounds of green waste debris and 6,240 pounds of garbage debris from the storm.

The Public Works Department has placed 28 roll-out bins in strategic areas throughout the area where residents or landscapers can take their green waste debris.  Please note, these bins are only for green waste and no construction debris should be placed in the bins. Our drivers will be stopping to empty out these bins throughout this week. A list with the different locations can be found at phoenix.gov/publicworks.  We are estimating 10 roll-off bins to be serviced and placed back in the neighborhood by the end of the day, Friday, July 19.  On Saturday, July 20, staff will continue to support the area with six bulk trash crews, three roll-off drivers and support staff.

The Public Works Department is planning on working in the area through Friday, July 26.  Residents will need to have all debris in the bins or at the curb by Wednesday, July 24.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, July 19, the inspection of the affected area revealed substantial progress continues to be made.  A total of 155,040 pounds of green waste was removed today alone.  Public Works crews were predominantly in the area bordered by Ray Road, Pecos Road, 40th to 24th streets.    

On Saturday, July 20, Public Works crews will predominantly be in the area bordered by Chandler Boulevard, Pecos Road, 32nd Street and 48th Street. On Saturday, July 20, the Public Works Department will still have a team of Environmental Specialists for education and Special Operations crews to service roll-off bins, in addition to the six bulk trash crews. This effort is expected to yield a high volume of green waste tonnage.

Street Transportation and Parks & Recreation Departments

Streets has eight people working on four crews removing debris from city of Phoenix right-of-way.  Currently, the Department has four street sweepers and two support trucks working in the storm-damaged area.  By Saturday, July 20, there will be 12 street sweepers and two support trucks working in the storm-damaged area.  Street crews continue to follow the Public Works Department bulk trash pick-up crews, and are sweeping the area as they finish with their work.  Streets staff continues to coordinate response efforts with the Parks Department as well.  

As residents continue to call into the Streets Department, we are working to determine specific details, and then make the appropriate notifications to remedy the situation.  We are working through the locations in the order they are received.  People who see areas that may have been missed can call the Street Maintenance Dispatch hotline at 602-262-6441, which is monitored 24-hours a day, to report problems.

Special Clean-Up Effort

There is a planned clean up in Ahwatukee with volunteers on Saturday, July 20.  Roll-off bins will be provided and bulk trash crews will be in the area to support the efforts. More information will be posted soon at phoenix.gov/publicworks.