Several homes flooded in Cache Valley due to recent storms

Posted at 1:28 PM, Jan 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-01-23 16:57:04-05

Areas in the Cache Valley, including the town of Wellsville, have flooded Thursday morning in the wake of recent storms.

At least six homes in Wellsville were flooded. There is also flooding over some of roadways near Hyrum and outside Wellsville. 

“Right now I think the prognosis is that it is getting better and we'll be able to get through this fairly quickly and in good fashion,” said Cache County Sheriff's Deputy Brad Slater.

Slater says authorities started getting phone calls reporting flooding at 4:30 a.m. with residents reporting their basements and yards being inundated with water.

Inmates from the local jail were tasked with the job of filling sandbags. However, resident Tyrell Smith said sand wouldn't have helped the situation at his mother's house, as the water level there went above his waders.

“The barbeque was under water. The lawn mower — I had to pull out with a four-wheeler,” said Smith. “All I could see is a big lake pretty much.”

Wellsville resident Robin Cooper says the the water flow came through her basement window well and that the glass “couldn't take it anymore and broke.”

“I want to cry, I want to cry. I don't know I'm at a loss, I don't know what to do right now,” she says. 

Cooper says she does not have flood insurance because her area did not have a history of flooding.

Neighbors came to help pump the water out of the house and front yard. They say the rainwater turned on like a tap.

No injuries have resulted from the flood.

Sand and sandbags are available at the Wellsville Fire Department for residents who want to perimeter their property.

The Cache County Sheriff's Office issued the following as part of a status update onFacebook:

“Please drive cautiously and avoid flooded streets as your vehicle may stall out while driving through flooded areas.”