FRIDAY 7/23/2021 8:11 a.m.
MAPLETON, Utah (ABC4) – As severe thunderstorms moved through the Wasatch Front on Thursday, flooding forced numerous residents in Mapleton to evacuated their homes.
Authorities called on residents living near the burn scar of the Ether Hollow Fire, a wildfire continuing to burn in the area, to evacuate shortly after 7 p.m. Mapleton Fire reports 20 high risk homes near 2000 E and 1600 N, and the Whiting Campground, were evacuated.
Within 45 minutes, the burn scar received 3/4 inches of rain, and a debris flow was reported.
According to Mapleton Fire, six to eight inches of mud, branches, and softball to basketball-sized rocks came down. Rows of sandbags were able to deflect most of the debris flow onto the road and away from homes.
No injuries were reported and no homes were damaged.
Evacuations were lifted around 11:30 p.m. and all residents were able to return home.
ORIGINAL STORY: Flood in Mapleton forces evacuations
THURSDAY 7/22/2021 10:11 p.m.
MAPLETON, Utah (ABC4) – Floods caused by severe thunderstorms across the Wasatch Front forced people to evacuate their homes Thursday evening.
The flood was located near the burn scar of the Ether Hollow Fire, a wildfire that continues to burn in the area.
It is unclear how many residents were evacuated, but police said the area was fully evacuated, with all residents at a predetermined evacuation site.
This photo from the Mapleton Police Department shows significant flooding, carrying debris in its wake.
“As of now (9:15 PM) we are seeing some flow drain out from Quiet Meadow Lane onto the roadway leading toward Bartholomew Park. There is around 6 inches of mud on the roadway thus far,” department officials said in a Facebook post.
Police say the evacuated residents had been preparing for a possible evacuation for months.
Fortunately, no injuries were reported as a result of the flooding and evacuations.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.