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Aqueduct spews water and damages homes

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A Pleasant Grove neighborhood was flooded with thousands of gallons of water damaging two homes and three yards.
I'm not upset. I'm not mad. It's not going to do any good. It's not going to change the situation," - Stephanie Vincent
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A Pleasant Grove neighborhood was flooded with thousands of gallons of water damaging two homes and three yards.

Thousands of gallons of water crashed through basement windows just after 10:00 a.m. on Thursday flooding basements with dirt and debris.

"I'm surprised. I didn't know the water was this much in here, but we've got travertine floors. It's good stuff," said Stephanie Vincent as she looked at her ruined basement.

Everything on the floor of Vincent's basement is coated in dirt and soaked with water. Neighbors and a water restoration crew are flocking to her home to help clean the mess.

"My son and his wife whose 9 months pregnant were living in the basement so this is all their stuff," Vincent said.

The Provo River Water Users Association is taking credit for the flooding. It constructed the $150 million aqueduct, but it failed to work property because a worker failed to secure a manhole before a surge of water was sent down the pipe.

The aqueduct is 126 inches in diameter and it runs from the Provo River to Salt Lake County.

Roughly 132 gallons of water surged from the manhole per second for about an hour and a half Thursday morning.

"We certainly feel bad for the families that this has impacted and we're working with them to rectify that as quickly as possible," said Facilities Manager for the Provo River Water Users Association.

The aqueduct carries irrigation water for as many as 1 million users in Utah and Salt Lake Counties.

It was never intended for Vincent's home, but she's taking this disaster in stride. "It kind of is what it is. I'm not upset. I'm not mad. It's not going to do any good. It's not going to change the situation."

The Provo River Water Users Association is paying for all the damage caused by the water, according to Cain.






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