South Weber homes evacuated due to mudslide danger

Posted at 7:37 AM, Feb 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-28 14:00:01-05

SOUTH WEBER, Utah -- Four homes were evacuated overnight in Davis County after heavy rains caused a mudslide threat.

Officials with the Davis County Sheriff’s Office said it wasn't quite large enough to be called a mudslide, but it was large enough to make four families pack up and leave their homes for safety.

"You really started hearing rushing water and flowing mud and gravel, so we came out and there it was,” South Weber Resident David Hoggan said.

Hoggan said when Thursday night's storm initially hit, he wasn't worried about the possibility of a mudslide.

"No, there wasn't any concern," he said.

But that changed around 10 p.m., when the sound of rushing water and flowing debris became too loud to ignore.

"Concerned for the house, not the safety cause it wasn't coming down, we'd already lived through one mudslide," Hoggan said.

Hoggan said he can still remember back in 2006 when a severe mudslide occurred in the exact same spot.

"It sounded like an earthquake of rocks and rumbling,” he said.

Deputy Fawcett of the Davis County Sheriff's Office said with more rain in the forecast, they aren't taking any chances .

"Digging a canal that's going to help divert any more rain water that's supposed to be accumulated over the weekend away from this area towards a retention pond,” he said.

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