At least six houses were damaged in Lehi on Thursday after a canal and creek flooded the fields and streets of neighborhoods near Lehi Elementary School.
The houses near Dry Creek and New Survey Ditch, also known as Waste Ditch, are built on a flood plain, said city spokesperson Cameron Boyle. The flooding started sometime around midnight on Thursday.
“We knew it was a possibility as we’d been watching the waters, and unfortunately this happened in the middle of the night as debris built up in the creek which prevented the grates to allow water to flow through them,” he said.
Some of the residents, like Kaylene Steele, had waist-deep water in their homes. She woke up after her neighbor called her seven times to warn about the flooding.
“We got up and went into action,” she said. “What was already underwater was a loss, so we just got everything else up and safe.”
Her friend, Temperance Penrod, helped wade through the water seven different times to save items in the basement and adjusting the pump. Other friends set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the expenses insurance won’t cover.
The flooding happened as a rainstorm passed through the county and spring runoff is flowing into the valley.
City officials will provide sandbags and sand for free to those living in the flood area. Homeowners are typically notified about the flooding danger before buying a home near the elementary school, Boyle explained.
“It’s pretty severe for some homeowners,” he said. “We as a city track that water to see if it might be a potential risk.”