Flooding reported in Salt Lake County, flood watch issued for much of Utah

Posted at 1:38 PM, Sep 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-14 23:52:35-04

SALT LAKE COUNTY -- Residents have reported flooded streets and apartments throughout Salt Lake County Saturday afternoon.

Police officials have confirmed that there is flooding in areas of West Jordan at Mountain View Corridor, 11400 South, 5100 West and 11700 South.

John Gleason, Utah Department of Transportation spokesman, said all lanes of southbound Mountain View Corridor at Old Bingham Highway had been closed, as the fire department was draining retention ponds in the area. The road was reopened Saturday around 6 p.m.

Lt. Justin Hoyal with Unified Police confirmed flooding at Herriman High School, 11917 S. 6000 West and the Farmgate Apartments, 5725 W. Farm Road.

About an inch of water made it into the high school, and mud covered the sidewalk and parking lot. Officials said volunteers were able to clean up the water quickly.

The Farmgate Apartments saw significant water damage, and 23 residents have been displaced after water filled 18 apartment units. Resident Ryan Wagner described the scene.

"The water came in, and it damaged at least the kitchen and the living room, most of our appliances about halfway up the hallway," he said. "Carpets, rugs, couches... I had a TV in the living room that was fried."

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The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Salt Lake and Davis Counties and the Wasatch Front. The watch will continue until 9 p.m. Saturday. A flash flood watch was issued for "much of northern, central and southern Utah except far southwestern Utah."

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Meteorologist Christine Kruse said the biggest areas to big concerned about are the burn scars – there will be flooding in the streets.

The rain will dissipate Saturday night and Sunday.