Alpine residents clean up from Saturday night's rain, mud
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
ALPINE — About 1,000 volunteers and 10,000 sandbags were used to help clean up flooded neighborhoods Sunday, as well as prepare for the next round of rain.
About 0.75 inches of rain fell in just 15 minutes at the Quail Hollow Burn Scar on Saturday, according to The National Weather Service, where a debris flow was reported.
The heavy rain and mud forced about 100 Alpine home to be evacuated for a few hours Saturday afternoon and evening.
Sunday morning, hundreds of volunteers showed up early to help shovel mud and fill sandbags.
"The people here love this community and are willing to do anything to protect and help it," said Lone Peak Fire Battalion Chief Joseph McRae.
"We're so grateful for every shovelful," said Teresa Cosper, whose home was spared from serious damage, but her driveway was covered with mud Sunday and the field behind her house flooded.
"We had mud everywhere. We had a flood going all the way back. We had a river running back yesterday, going back through our sheds. It was a mess," she said.
Cosper's street along 300 North was lined with sandbags by Sunday afternoon.
Miles McCracken has lived in the area for 13 years.
"The water just kept coming down over the burn scar here, and just kept coming. And it was way too much for what we could handle," he said.
Sunday, McCracken and others helped clean out culverts and sandbag.
"It's a really tight neighborhood. We just chip in whenever we can," he said.
Because the city's water and roads departments only consist of about 10 people, McRae said help from the community was crucial.
The city spent about $45,000 to clear the debris basins and ditches from the last storm, he said. Now, those basins need clearing again. At least one of them has 25 feet of mud and debris in it, McRae said.
With additional rain forecasted for this week, McRae said Alpine city officials on Monday would begin the process of checking basins and canals and clearing them.
"Our concern right now is to prevent another catastrophe as far as flooding," he said.
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