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Alpine residents cleaning up after heavy rainfall

ALPINE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Thursday night's downpour and continuous showers Friday leaves Alpine residents with a muddy mess.
ALPINE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Thursday night's downpour and continuous showers Friday leaves Alpine residents with a muddy mess. One residence was hit especially hard with 18 inches of mud in their basement.

“When it rains it pours” says Brent Dix after learning both his mother-in-law past away and his house was flooded.
Dix tells ABC 4 Utah he received a phone call from his teenage daughter who was home at the time of the flooding. “She said there's a flash flood. The basement is filling up with water they've shut off the power and we're being evacuated. We're going to go stay with the neighbors,” says Dix.

Dix's daughter, Kaitlyn, says she had 30 seconds to evacuate and she still can't believe what she saw. “It was already up to my knees. I don't know how it filled up so fast but it broke through the shower window in the basement and then it just flooded everything. There were just couches floating,” says Kaitlyn.

Firefighters say the mud and water came flowing down the Dry Creek Canyon from the burn scar left from last years Quail Fire. “The city crews are up above the areas cleaning up some debris basins that were built last year after the Quail Fire to get ready for something like this. The debris basins worked last night, but there was a lot of water so there was still damage done,” says Joseph McRae Battalion Chief for Lone Peak Fire District.

Despite the thick mud left behind the Dix's and their neighbors are moving forward. “Now we clean up and rebuild that's all you can do,” says Dix.

 

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