SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Eleven Saratoga Springs homes filled with mud Sept., 1 after a 100-year-rain washed sediment, boulders and mud down Israel Canyon and into Jacobs Ranch neighborhood.
Basements filled almost up to their ceilings with mud.
The flood was caused, in part, by the Dump Fire, in June. Saratoga Springs failed to install silt barriers or other flood mitigating structures in the two months between the fire and the mudslide.
“How do I measure the City’s response to the fire and to the flood? Is there a measurable time? Is there something where they’re held accountable where they need to have something going by a certain time,” said flood victim, Shawn McManus.
He never mentioned suing the City to ABC 4, but other homeowners are talking about getting some sort of restitution.
You see, their insurance will not cover acts of God leaving the home owners to pay the cost out of pocket.
Many don’t know where to go or who to turn to because damages cost in the tens of thousands of dollars.
The City is organizing an informational meeting at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday to answer the flood victim’s questions. Many don’t know what the City’s plans are to secure the mountain side and live in fear of another mudslide every time it rains.
ABC 4 will have a live report Sept., 26 at 10:00 p.m. with details about the meeting.