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Days later, monsoon cleanup drags on

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PHOENIX -

It was a monsoon storm last Sunday that caused this. A flash flood near South Mountain sent a river of gushing water and mud into someone's home.

It's been several days since that flood, and now we're hearing the 911 calls from the homeowner who had water pouring into her basement.

We also went back out the home to see how the cleanup is coming along.

Homeowner: "I have an emergency here!"

Dispatch: "What's the address?"

Homeowner: "The water from the flood has come into my basement and burst open all my doors and windows and its filling up through the basement quickly."

Flavia Easley called 911 Sunday as flood water filled her home at the base of South Mountain. This evening, her husband Harding Easley and a renovation team continued to clean up.

"Dirt and water was in the pool, then we had some down in the atrium below it and so getting all of that out was the first thing. Now we're at the point of content, getting the content out of the basement then it's the mold, the hazardous things, tearing off drywall and preparing for a whole new remodel," says Harding Easley.

Probably the items that are going to need replaced are all of these pieces of furniture and the putting green in the backyard.

"I really had another appreciation for water. Water is beyond wind, beyond fire, water has no mercy. It just finds whatever's there and it finds its place and it just takes over. The destruction it brings is just incredible."

The water rushed down the steps and busted out the basement door. Easley says his family is blessed that the flooding only affected his basement -- but he will miss the amenities.

"My last movie was the Avengers not too long ago in my home theater. It's going to be awhile before I do that again."

The family does have insurance -- but it turns out their insurance company, Liberty Mutual, denied their claim. They're going through an appeals process. They're dealing with up to $200,000 in damage.

They also tell me they plan to work with the city of Phoenix to make sure that flood water never makes it to their home again.

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