(St. George, UT) - Residents in St. George are cleaning up mud and debris after a downpour caused flooding on the city's west side. City officials said approximately 100 homes and businesses were impacted by the storm in addition to several roads.
The city received one-and-a-half to two inches in about 45 minutes. That's a lot when you consider the area typically receives only about 8 inches each year. As a result, streets looked like rivers Sunday afternoon. That much water in such a short amount of time had nowhere to go but into streets, yards, even homes.
"It was coming up up, up and in and over the screen and I ran and got some bath towels and tried to stick it in the door to stop it," said flooded homeowner Pat Crandall. She lives on Indian Hills Drive, where the water flooded her entire house.
"It wiped out my living room, dining room, bedroom, master bath and kitchen and went down the hall," she said.
Marc Mortensen, Assistant St. George city manger said, "We're really hoping for a few hours of nice hot sunshine so things can dry up and we can continue repairing the roads and get them back into good working order."
Monday, crews were helping where they could, focused mainly on clearing the streets.
He said the areas impacted the most were Indian Hills Drive, Snow Canyon Parkway, 200 East downtown and Main Street. He said that fortunately the water in most of those areas had drained.
"There were some areas that looked like 18 to 24 inches chocolate milk running down the street Sunday and today you can barely see remnants of sand," he said.
Mortensen said city workers distributed between 600 to 800 sandbags Monday, and Tuesday they had 10,000 more ready to go just in case they get another storm rolling through.
Homeowners like Pat Crandall are spending the next few days, possibly even weeks, cleaning up the mess from Sunday's storm.
"At this point you just say to yourself, 'What am I going to do?'"