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Flash Flooding Hits Part of Salt Lake County

Flash Flooding Hits Part of Salt Lake County


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John Daley and Sarah Dallof Reporting Heavy rains trigger flooding, and high waters create frustration for homeowners. Flash floods gushed through streets, backyards and even homes in parts of southwest Salt Lake County.

Homeowners say they saw a wall of water coming at their homes. The water blew out several windows, and several homes have been flooded.

Evidence of the flooding was visible in South Jordan at 11800 South and 4500 West. Mud and wood chips washed onto the sidewalk. Water covered part of the street.

The rain began around 1 p.m., and people we talked with say it rained hard for anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. KSL meteorologist Len Randolph says it has rained between a half-inch to an inch and a half in the last 24 hours, depending on location.

We saw roads that look like rivers. We saw kids playing in a flooded baseball field in the park.

Some residents know of flooded basements.

Stephanie Schmidt lives in Herriman. Her home is fine. Thank goodness, she says, because they just finished their basement. But some of her neighbors weren't so lucky.

Daybreak resident Jim Erickson said, "A lot of rain. A lot of rain just kept coming down. I was up here a little while ago, about 45 minutes ago, and we had to turn around because it got so bad. You couldn't even see the street. Just nothing but water coming down."

David Elmer also lives in Daybreak. "The basement, the two window wells filled with like three inches of water over the windows, so now it's flooding into the home. We're going to talk to the association and see what they're going to do about that. I don't know," he said.

Riverton resident Mike Mason says, "We kept it out of the basement. It pretty much flooded the yard pretty good, so we had to build a trench and had to get sandbags in here. Just hope it doesn't rain anymore."

The city of South Jordan was also out surveying the damage. So what's their opinion on the flooding? "To my knowledge, it's four to six homes. About half of them are not occupied, they're homes under construction still," City Manager Ricky Horst said. He adds, "I think the good news is our systems held extremely well." The city is providing sandbags, and disaster crews are also on the scene.

The fear right now is that there will be more rain and flash flooding. Sandbags and fire hoses are being used to create a perimeter around the homes and to help divert water.

The city is urging the public -- mostly children -- to stay out of those retention ponds and playing fields where the water has gathered, because that can be a dangerous situation. Outlets in the retention ponds could suck someone down. Also, that water sometimes is not clean.

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