The break happened around 4 pm Saturday. “At its peak, it was probably a foot deep coming down this road, it continued for three hours,” said Colin Tope, a resident.
Tope is considered one of the lucky ones. No water entered his home. But just down the street Debbie Linge was not so lucky. She is one of at least eight homeowners who could not keep the rushing water out of her basement.
“We were trying to block it from coming down our basement walkway and it just came in way too fast there was nothing we could do to stop it,” said Linge. “We ran into our basement to block our door with towels and blankets and within 10 seconds our windows crashed in.”
Linge and her family are now left dealing with the aftermath of a flood. “We're just trying to get everything cleaned up, the water out, mud out and see what’s salvageable, nothing is salvageable, it's gone,” she said.
Possessions may be lost, but the neighborhood is already showing improvement with the help of others, including Home Depot that donated cases of water and shovels. Members of a nearby ward also pitched in to help.
“As friends and neighbors and as a ward we decided that we would forgo church and bring everybody out here to clean up,” said Trent Anderson, Bishop of River 5th ward.