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Phoenix officials tour storm-damaged homes, see need for state aid

PHOENIX -- Two city officials said they'd like to see the state help out residents whose homes near South Mountain were damaged in last week's storms.

Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilwoman Kate Gallego toured several homes near 23rd Avenue and Dobbins Road on Tuesday.

"This was a devastating, devastating storm that stayed over the area for a prolonged period of time," Stanton said.

Many homeowners did not have flood insurance because the area is not in a designated flood zone.

"They (the state) need to make their own determination. Once you see the devastation you can't help but help the families and children in this area," Stanton said.

Gallego said if the area was declared a disaster then more people will have access to financial help.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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