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Residents clean up after flooding in Murray

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Posted at 11:02 AM, Aug 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-20 21:54:49-04

MURRAY, Utah - Some residents in Murray are still cleaning up after flooding that occurred when storm drains weren't able to keep up with the water brought in by heavy rain fall.

City officials said Wednesday their system is adequate to handle storms and that this incident was a freak occurrence, but some residents who experienced flooding disagree.

Resident Paul Hall said the heavy rain began around 3 a.m., and later the lower half of his home in Murray was filling up with water.

"I had some pumps in there keeping up with the rainfall until the storm drain backed up, soon as that backed up it raised in the street, the street was flooded, it ran right down... couldn't stop it after that," Hall said.

Murray City Spokesperson Jan Wells tells FOX 13 News the storm drains were clear Wednesday and that the system is adequate for the work it is required to do. Wells added that no system is built to withstand what she termed a once in a hundred year storm.

Residents like Michelle Amos said they disagree.

"I beg to differ with that because I've been told by city people that this storm system is not adequate," she said.

FOX 13 News' Scott McKane was in Murray speaking with residents and officials Wednesday, see the video above for his report.