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Residents approach council about aftermath of rainstorm
by Ashley Langston
Aug 08, 2012 | 188 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Halterman Road in Enoch was one of the areas of the city that flooded during a July 31 rainstorm. Residents from across the city approached the council Aug. 1. | Photo by Ashley Langston
Halterman Road in Enoch was one of the areas of the city that flooded during a July 31 rainstorm. Residents from across the city approached the council Aug. 1. | Photo by Ashley Langston
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ENOCH – The city council heard from three residents Aug. 1 who were dealing with property damage from the July 31 rainstorm, and another resident who is concerned that property damage is imminent if a slightly more serious storm occurs.

City Manager Rob Dotson said he was aware of about a dozen residents whose homes had been flooded during the storm.

Garth Jones spoke about his yard and shop being flooded and damaged, and Marie Fisher and Dave Hughes spoke about the severe flooding their basements received.

Jones said every time there is a heavy rainstorm his yard is flooded, and the July 31 rainstorm destroyed half his garden and left a thick layer of mud in his shop.

“If it isn’t fixed, it will happen over and over again,” he said.

He estimates the cost to clean up the mess will be about $1,000, and he wants the city to do something about it this fall. He said he does not want to take legal action against the city, but will if something is not done.

Fisher said she had to have the carpet and some of the drywall removed from her basement and had so far incurred $8,060 in costs. She did not yet know how much it would cost her to restore the space to its previous condition. She said she would like help from the city preventing such issues in the future.

The Hughes family is looking at between $20,000 and $30,000 in cleanup and repairs, and has been told by several people that because of the way the flooding occurred, the city is liable.

Rebekah Hughes said after the meeting that there is a city easement behind their property, and that is where the water pooled before overflowing and rushing through her yard and into her house.

She said normally the water drains from the easement differently, and they have never had problems in the six years they have lived there. They had the land around their house properly graded to prevent water damage.

Rebekah Hughes said the water smashed a basement window and flowed in, covering the entire basement and starting to climb up the stairs. There was glass everywhere along with mud, debris, and dead toads and rodents.

Their children were sleeping on couches while they tried to clean up and restore the space, she said.

Dave Hughes said it has been a very emotional experience for them, and they have been amazed at how their neighbors have come out to support them. When it was flooding, many people they didn’t even know just showed up with shovels and started digging.

Cory Langston, who lives on Halterman and Midvalley Roads, also spoke at the meeting about the flooding on his street. During the July 31 rainstorm, water was completely filling the street and was coming up over the curbs and halfway up his driveway and lawn. He said he was very concerned that if it had rained much longer his home would have been flooded.

He said he and others who have expertise in piping had looked at the storm drain system in the area and determined that the pipe dropped only one foot in elevation in 200 feet, with is only .5 percent slope. He said he would be interested in discussing some solutions and asked the council to address the recurring problem.

Some of the city council members talked with the Hughes’ and Fisher after the meeting, and the council will discuss drainage issues at its Aug. 15 meeting.

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