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Residents cleaning up after heavy rains cause flooding

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Posted at 11:41 PM, Jul 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-08 01:41:17-04

SALT LAKE CITY – It was a soggy holiday weekend for many families in the Salt Lake Valley, but some residents dealt with flooding in addition to the rains.

Kristi Gill and her family have been working Sunday to dry out their home and possessions after heavy rains created flooding. Neighbors helped them bail water out of their home Saturday after storm drains in the neighborhood couldn’t keep up.

Shane Pace, Sandy public utilities director, said the storm drains in Gill’s neighborhood are fairly new, and they are investigating why they didn’t get the job done. He said the city will be covering the cost of the damages.

“We'll actually pay the bill that is a result of the damage that occurs,” he said.

Gill said getting reimbursed means making a list.

“And it's tedious work,” she said. “I'm writing lists upon lists of every little thing that's ruined, and it takes a lot of work to write it all down, to get reimbursed for that.”

She said many of her family’s irreplaceable possessions, like family photos, survived, but not all.

“I had a lot of holiday children books that got ruined, and some of them are old classics,” she said. “So I`m a little disappointed about that, not knowing if I don`t know if we`ll be able to replace it or not.”