About a dozen homes in Wellsville and Hyrum were filled with water. Residents said they awoke to flooded yards and streets.
“It was crazy,” Wellsville resident Natalie Bates said. “The water was going up and over the road. I’ve never seen anything like that here in Wellsville.”
Bates said the water level was about four to five feet high early Thursday morning, before it receded back to normal.
The Cache County Sheriff’s Department set up pumps throughout the town to divert water away from homes into open fields.
“The problem is that ground is frozen so it could not absorb any water,” Lt. Chad Jensen, with Cache County Sheriff’s Department, said. “It’s called sheet flooding.”
He estimated thousands of dollars worth in damages to the affected homes.
Neighbors spent the day using shovels and brooms to clear out water that had infiltrated their basements. Many lost personal belongings and appliances to water damage.
Another storm is expected to hit Cache County over the weekend.
Residents can pick up sand bags at the Wellsville Fire Department.