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Flood waters threatening homes in Liberty

Published: Friday, Jan. 20 2012 12:39 p.m. MST

LIBERTY, Weber County — For the past 24 hours, the community in Liberty has been working to keep icy water from flooding homes.

In some homes, basements are under feet of water, despite the town's best efforts to sandbag the area and pump water. According to officials, the flooding is made worse in Liberty by the frozen ground, leaving the water from the latest storm nowhere to go.

"Just a lot of moisture and a frozen ground," said resident Bill Hight. "The water has nowhere to go so it goes downhill."

Friday, community members continued to check on those most impacted by the storm and get ready for the next rainstorm. Less than 12 hours ago, at least 50 people worked in the freezing cold filling 3,000 sandbags.

"Now it's down to about 10 inches deep, last night it was getting up to 2 feet in some places," Hight said.

Hight ended up with a foot and a half of water in his garage, while his neighbor had 6 feet of icy water in her basement.

At the Rich home in Bailey Acres, a pump continues to push water away from the house and streets are filled with several inches of slush.

"The house was completely surrounded by water so it was a matter of getting the sandbags around and then they got big pumps in there to get it out," said Tanner Rich. "There was probably 6 inches of water running down both sides of this road down to the end of the subdivision, and all of the man holes they had to put sand bags over."

People in Liberty say they've never seen so much standing icy water before, and like others, Hight says he's thankful for those who have pitched in to help.

"They are the heroes here; I'm just lucky and grateful for their help."

The community worked until 3 a.m. Friday morning to build sandbag walls around homes, and they returned later in the morning with pumps.

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