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Taylorsville residents demand answers after flooding

Earlier this week, a flood knocked out windows and filled basement in several homes on the southeast side of Taylorsville. Now, neighbors are pointedly asking their city leaders why it happened.
TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- Earlier this week, a flood knocked out windows and filled basement in several homes on the southeast side of Taylorsville. Now, neighbors are pointedly asking their city leaders why it happened. Residents had to strip their carpets and throw out valuables due to the flooding. They say the heavy rain came through their basements like a strong current from an irrigation ditch.

“It was just sheets of rain. It was a very bad storm,” said Taylorsville resident Carolyn de Las Casas.

“When it finally let loose, it made an enormous noise and filled my basement,” said Taylorsville resident James Morse.

The storm left behind a big mess, Taylorsville residents still work to clean-up days later.

“This is a broken window, two pane glass window, that shattered because the water was so heavy,” said De Las Casas.

“It was pumping the water in from that line through the busted window and threw the glass all over the place,” said Morse.

So what’s to blame for the massive flow of nasty water?

“It’s a ditch, it’s not one of our canals but we still want to get to the root of the problem and find out where that water is coming from,” said Taylorsville Spokesperson Aimee Newton.

So who’s responsible? The city, canal company or a third party?

“Our public works inspector, our city engineer, they’ve been out talking to the residents and trying to work with the canal company to see where this water is coming from,” said Newton.

But that answer isn’t good enough for Carolyn de Las Casas who just ripped up 1,500 square feet of carpet in her basement.

“I’m getting very frustrated because everyone says, “I’m not to blame,” said de Las Casas.

Her neighbor, James Morse, lost his carpet, silk couch and priceless family photos from generations ago. He estimates $15,000 worth of damage.
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