OGDEN — Ella Williams' lawn is on the road to recovery.

Ogden officials had put the 83-year-old woman on notice that she would face a $125 fine if she didn't bring her dead lawn back to life.

After newspaper reports about Williams and her troubles with a leaky sprinkler system, volunteers showed up, fixed the system and left even before she got their names.

"They had to dig up and replace some broken hose," she said. "They worked about seven hours that day, and they wouldn't take a dime for it."

City ordinances say lawns have to be green and maintained.

Williams said she normally keeps her lawn watered. But this year, when she turned on her sprinklers, her basement started to flood. She said she has no children to fix it and worried the repairs might be expensive.

July's heat sucked the life out of her lawn, turning it brown and prompting the city's July 24 notice that she revive her grass or face a fine.

A neighbor saw that Williams was distressed over the letter and called a reporter. Once the story hit, she was flooded with phone calls. Even a television crew showed up.

"I haven't had one minute's peace," she said. "I've just had calls from everybody."

Several people also called to offer their help, including a Jobs Corps crew who said they'd do similar repairs for anyone else in a similar predicament.

Somewhere in there, three men from Layton, Roy and Ogden showed up in Williams' yard and got to work.

By Monday, her lawn was watered again and her basement was dry.