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Storm Causes Problems Along Wasatch Front

Storm Causes Problems Along Wasatch Front

Posted - Jul. 17, 2004 at 10:26 p.m.



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A large complex of rain and lightning pounded Salt Lake and Utah Counties Saturday night.

Some neighborhoods were flooded, roads were closed. There were had reports of mud slides in the Farmington area.

The Salt Lake Police Department lost power for a while, as did the Valley Emergency Communications Center-- the 9-1-1 center.

The Jazz rookie camp was blacked out for about 20-minutes; the Stingers game was cancelled.

The storm was not good news for some Utah County residents. It dumped a lot of rain that they didn't need. That's because they got hit with a similar storm last night.

It was the second time in the last two days that residents in the White Hills subdivision have been hit with flooding.

Residents say sheets of rain and hail came down both yesterday and today.

It rained for about an hour Saturday evening. The only drainage pipe in the area became overloaded and backed-up. Neighbors tried to divert the runoff from the homes, but were unable to stop all of it.

Julie Barmun, White Hills Resident: “The water gets running really fast, and because of the sinkholes and the clay in the ground, it becomes too dangerous. So until the actual cleanup, we keep the little kids inside.”

Shelly Beratto, White Hills Resident: “Then it hit again. Now its up past our basement, everything is floating. There is nothing we can do.”

Julie Barmun, White Hills Resident: “The worst part of it is probably two feet deep. And she has some four foot deep sinkholes in the back.”

Neighbors say this type of flooding occurs about once a year, and they have asked the county to do something about it.

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