SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love says her City is prepared for a five-year-rain and is working at fortifying homes in the Jacobs Ranch neighborhood against a 100-year-rain.
City Manager Mark Christensen unveiled a $3.6 million dollar plan to build a 40-acre-drainage basin above the neighborhood hit by a flash mudslide Sept., 1.
“It’s hard to imagine, but I hope it works. I have to have faith,” said mudslide victim Marjilee Booth.
“I sure hope that they know what they’re doing because I have decided not to move and I don’t want to see my house flooded again,” said mudslide victim Andy Schreyer.
Christensen says the City does not have enough money to pay for the project and will seek grant funding.
“I sure hope it’s going to come from somewhere. We’ve been blessed with volunteers and donations and hopefully somewhere if it doesn’t work out it will workout somehow,” said mudslide victim Annie Schreyer.
Mayor Love says there is another barrier to protecting her citizens.
“We’re talking about private lands and in order to do work on private lands we need to get the permission to do the work on private lands” Love said.
“I’m sure that the private land owners are willing to work with the City provided the plan is accurate and decent and works,” said mudslide victim Andy Schreyer. “As a homeowner it would be really good to feel comfortable with what’s going on up the hill right now. I’m shy of 100 percent comfort.”