WASHINGTON CITY – The Washington City Fire Department responded to two homes on East Autumn Drive in the Coral Canyon subdivision after it was reported that both backyards were beginning to flood.
At approximately 6:45 p.m., after a rainstorm blew through parts of Washington County, a large amount of water began to run off the hill behind the homes and accumulated, forming a large pond.
Washington City Firefighter John Brian said the low area behind the homes that had filled with rain wasn’t moving, either drainage was unavailable or had been clogged. So instead of moving along and draining away from the homes, the water began to seep through the cinder block fence and into the two backyards.
The fire department responded with two pumps, one per home, and began pumping water out into the street while also creating trenches in the backyards to direct the water out into the street.
The homes affected were on the 2900 block of East Autumn Drive. The owners of one of the homes were not at home when the flooding happened. Neighbor Georgine Bills said someone told her about the flooding in the backyard and she rushed over.
When she arrived at the home, she said, “all I saw were neighbors with shovels and brooms.”
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ValRae Chamberlain said she and others had gotten into the backyard of the home and began to push the water into the swimming pool so it wouldn’t get into the home. While doing so the fire department arrived and a pump was set up to drain the pool so the neighbors could fill it while others made drainage trenches.
While no water made it into the first home, the second home wasn’t as lucky.
The neighbors and firefighters did what they could for a neighboring home but an estimated 1.5 to 2 inches of water and mud made it into the majority of the home.
Pat Patterson, of Rainbow International, a cleaning and restoration company that had been called to the flooded home, estimated damages to the interior of the home could be as much as $15,000.
Fletcheri Lowe, the homeowner, was home at the time the flooding began.
Both homes were swarming with firefighters and neighbors doing what they could to help clean the home in the aftermath of the flooding.
“We’ve got lots of neighbors helping,” one woman at the scene said.
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