Accident damages hydrant, floods neighborhood


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WEST JORDAN -- A crash in West Jordan damaged a fire hydrant and left firefighters and neighbors with a major mess to clean up.

Accident damages hydrant, floods neighborhood

City officials say a driver lost control of the van he was driving in the snow around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. It knocked out a fire hydrant, sending a river of water into the neighborhood near 1600 West and 8600 South.

Resident Deborah Lund said, "It was just gushing all over the road. We had a stream of water running down the neighborhood."

Homeowner Levi Lorenc's backyard was full of water. "I could see it on the tree, about 6 or 7 inches here. But it was only half of where it is now," he said.

Lorenc said some of the water seeped into his house but it could have been worse.

Accident damages hydrant, floods neighborhood

Fire crews helped several people sandbag their homes as city crews tried to shut off the gushing water.

City worker Lee Pace said, "The weather hampered crews from arriving and it slowed the process down. We then had to dig our valves out of the snow and locate them."

It took crews nearly two hours to shut off the water.

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