National Guard mobilizes for possible mudslides in Utah County

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UTAH COUNTY (News4Utah) – The Utah National Guard and Department of Transportation are helping residents prepare for possible mudslides after a summer of wildfires.

In Elk Ridge and Woodland Hills — communities that had been evacuated last month over wildfire concerns — residents spent the afternoon Monday filling sandbags.

Rain in coming days, coupled with a lack of vegetation from wildfires, could mean that homes near the burn scar are in danger of flooding.

“They’ve had a lot of devastation happening here with the fires. It’s the possibility of a one-two punch right now— with potential flooding, so anything that we can do — we’re really here to help,” said John Gleason with Utah Department of Transportation.

UDOT crews dropped off massive concrete barriers to help block mud and rain from flowing directly toward homes.

On Monday, Gov. Gary Herbert ordered assistance from the National Guard, as well.

“About 20 soldiers are ready to come tomorrow,” said Major D.J. Gibb with Utah National Guard.

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