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Cleaning up after storm in Apache Junction

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -

No doubt Apache Junction was one of the areas hardest hit by Sunday's storm. A massive cleanup effort is now underway.

When a lot of rain hits the desert in a short period of time, that water starts moving fast, moving a lot of dirt and debris with it.

There's a lot to do the day after.

Water raced down tomahawk road in Apache Junction Sunday, trapping a couple people inside a blue pickup truck. They made it to safety. You can see how dangerous it was.

"Well it is going to be huge job. We got some people coming in to sweep the streets, tractors with big buckets to haul the dirt around, try and make it so people can get through here," says Bob Christensen, Weavers Needle RV Resort.

The city of Apache Junction brought heavy machinery in to scrape up tons of dirt and debris.

Meanwhile, water kept flowing through a canal bed that was ravaged by raging waters. That water came uncomfortably close to people who live here.

"Well it was a little scary... water coming down the street in front of my house. Didn't look like it was going to be a good afternoon," says Lee, a resident.

The danger is gone and the priority now is removing debris and a thick layer of dirt -- dirt everywhere.

"It is just a lot of work, tremendous amount of work. We had it perfectly clean and this happens," says Forrest Erickson of Weavers Needle RV Resort.

Making this place spotless, at least until the next storm rolls through.

There were no injuries at the RV resort we visited. That's of course the best news in all of this.

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