Utah County communities brace for flooding as storms arrive

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UTAH COUNTY (News4Utah) – State and local agencies along the Wasatch Front have been preparing for this massive storm.

Even the Utah National Guard was called up to help prep neighborhoods for potential flooding and mudslides.

As rain looms in the distance, residents fear their situation will only worsen. As they rushed to fill sandbags, they hope their efforts can keep the flooding on the road and out of their homes.

Utah Department of Transportation construction crews scrambled to finish their work along Interstate 15 while prepping sandbags and ditches to keep water from flooding the interstate.

Even with some drainage in place, where the water will go can be hard to predict.

“The water may not have places to go. The drainage may not be fully constructed. That’s where you see some of the issues with construction zones and flooding,” said UDOT spokesperson John Gleason.

In other parts of Utah County, residents near burn scars rushed to shore up their streets with sandbags.

 “That’s our hope is to keep it running down the road instead of behind our homes,” said Jana Saunders.

Saunders says this storm has been another overwhelming thing to deal with after the fire evacuations were just lifted.

 “My heart just sank. We’ve only been home a week. This was supposed to happen in the Spring not right now,” said Saunders.

Neighbors have been taken aback by the outpouring of support and volunteers helping with preparations.

They hope a delay in the weather Tuesday gave them enough time to get everything in place.

 “When I woke up this morning I thought we’d only have a couple of hours to prepare and we’ve had way too much work to do. So, we are feeling very grateful for all of the help that has come.”

Many neighbors believe it’s not a matter of if but when the flooding will come down the street and how bad it will be.

They plan to keep a close eye on things and respond to any homes or areas that need it.

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