Alpine homeowners prepare for more flooding, mudslides

Alpine homeowners prepare for more flooding, mudslides

ALPINE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A flooding threat lingers over Alpine Friday night. Families are still cleaning up after last night's heavy rains sparked mudslides. The Quail Fire last year a burn scare that now creates a clear path for mud to slide down the mountain and hit the homes below.
ALPINE, Utah- A flooding threat lingers over Alpine Friday night. Families are still cleaning up after last night's heavy rains sparked mudslides. The Quail Fire last year a burn scare that now creates a clear path for mud to slide down the mountain and hit homes below.

There's been too much rain for Alpine neighborhoods sitting next to a burn scare after the Quail fire last year. And too much water, mud, and fire debris running through drains getting stuck, clogging the culvert, and starting to overflow into homes like Vickie Reay's.

"This wall here completely disappeared. You couldn't even see the wall because it went up over the wall like a train coming through," said Reay.

That was Thursday night, so friday homeowners began sandbagging trying to keep this slush from ending up inside. One home saw some two feet of this mucky mess in its basement. So the city works to mitigate the mudslides.

"Try to force any future water down the road and into the city creek," said Lone Peak Fire Battalion Chief Joseph McRae.

Now, Reay waits to see if these sandbags, this channel dug up, and the wall hold back the debris from flowing into the house she finally finished building just a week before the Quail Fire.

"It's like how high you build the wall and how deep do you make the channel? You can only do so much," said Reay.

The city and homeowners plan to work throughout the weekend to try
to navigate the mud from making its way through the Box Elder Drive neighborhood.
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