COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Back yards in a Cottonwood Heights neighborhood flooded Wednesday morning after a simple mistake from a cement truck working at a nearby asphalt company.
Homeowner Corey Bridgewater woke up to a mess Wednesday morning. His backyard basically washed away ending in $50,000 worth of damage.
Bridgewater said, "I watched it fall apart, it fell off the hillside and just demolished everything."
Mud and water were taking over his house. He grabbed a snow shovel to push the water away, but that simply wasn't enough. There was alot of water coming down the hill.
At first Bridgewater had no idea where the water was coming from. It ended up being from an abandoned water line
Bridgewater told ABC4, "Water was not supposed to be in there."
A cement truck was filling up above the house at an asphalt factory. The driver of the truck drove away before the water had been turned off. They quickly turned it off, but didn't realize there was a pipe under the road carrying the water to the homes below. It was a simple, but costly mistake.
Bridgewater actually feels grateful, it could have been worse. He said, "If it went towards the house we could have been in more trouble."
Sod was moved to divert the water away from the house and into the yard. The idea; landscaping can be fixed faster and cheater than the house.
Morgan Asphalt operates the cement truck causing the problem this morning, they spent Wednesday working to the clean up the mess.