Thunderstorms flood neighborhoods across Wasatch front

- SALT LAKE COUNTY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Fast moving thunderstorms across the Wasatch front turned streets into rivers and backyards into pools.

“We got a torrential downpour and for some reason we just got hit hard,” Amy Holmes, a Sandy resident, said.

She helped neighbors clean out water from their homes near 700 East and 8000 South using trash cans. The drains couldn’t handle the water, forcing it straight into driveways, basements and garages.

“It’s pretty bad,” Holmes said. “There’s been some bad damage and some basements have been ruined.”

Storm drains didn’t hold up in Midvale either. Homes near 8000 South and Interstate 15 were flooded. Residents there are frustrated with a retaining wall behind their homes.

Resident Jane Nichols said the retaining wall was built in 1998 and heavy rainfall has left their backyards flooded ever since.

“We’ve had residual flooding and we call Midvale City and they do nothing,” she said.

A Midvale Public Works crew was on site Saturday trying to alleviate the problem. They cleaned a storm drain, but the water was still slow to move out. They said they would monitor the situation overnight.

“It’s frustrating seeing all of the water and not being able to go out,” Erika Mendoza, a Midvale resident, said.

The community hopes the long term solution is headed their way.

“We’re on the tail end of the drain and even with the smallest of rain it will flood,” Nichols added.

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