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Thunderstorm floods dozens of homes in Enoch, Cedar City

Published: Friday, Aug. 17 2012 10:30 p.m. MDT

ENOCH, Iron County — Up to 50 homes were flooded Friday evening after a thunderstorm rolled through southern Utah. One family was displaced after the power had to be turned off in their home as a safety precaution.

"We have different levels of damage throughout the city," said Enoch police Sgt. Mike Berg.

He said nearly 1,000 volunteers showed up to help the Iron County Emergency Management team fill sandbags as heavy rains flowed from the foothills to the streets, leaving two inches of rain in some basements.

"The water literally rushed off the mountain and straight into the city," Berg said.

Surface streets in Cedar City were also flooded by the 5:30 p.m. downpour and at least one roadway was closed due to excess mud, water and rocks washed down from the storm. City water and sewer systems were unaffected by the storm.

No one was injured and the American Red Cross was assisting the displaced family with housing, clothing and food for the night.

KSL meteorologist Kevin Eubank said a high pressure zone ushered in the storm and rainfall would be limited Saturday, but clouds would still be an issue.

Wendy Leonard

Twitter: wendyleonards

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