Flash flooding damages homes in Sanpete County

Published: Monday, July 30 2012 10:00 p.m. MDT

Sanpete Flood (Sanpete Co. Sheriff) Sanpete Flood (Sanpete Co. Sheriff)

FOUNTAIN GREEN, Sanpete County — Heavy rain over the burn scar from the Wood Hollow Fire resulted in flash flooding in Sanpete and Juab counties, damaging two homes.

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for the area Monday afternoon. Just before 5 p.m., the Sanpete County Sheriff's Office said flood waters were subsiding.

At least two homes were damaged in the area between Fountain Green and the burn scar, located west of U.S. 89 between Birdseye and Mount Pleasant, officials said.

Last month's Wood Hollow Fire burned 47,000 acres and destroyed 160 structures — including 52 homes. Officials say the wind likely caused a power line to come too close to the top of another power pole, sparking a grass fire at its base.

Sanpete Flood (Sanpete Co. Sheriff) Sanpete Flood (Sanpete Co. Sheriff)

The electrical ground wires had been removed by copper thieves, which eliminated the system's ability to properly dissipate the electrical current.

Jared Page

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