Water line rupture causes flooding, mudslide near homes in Cache County

Posted at 7:42 PM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 10:54:15-04

LOGAN, Utah - A neighborhood in Logan got quite the scare Monday morning when a secondary-water line broke, causing flooding and a mudslide that encroached on a number of homes.

"I'm just disgusted by it," said Jon McReynolds, the only remaining home owner evacuated by Monday afternoon. "We'll probably have to go stay in a hotel for the next couple days."

The slide didn't cause any structural damage to homes, but the slide, which public works officials estimated to be about 50 feet wide, and 200 feet long, caused significant damage to some homeowner's property.

"And now what people are worrying about is my pine tree," McReynolds said, pointing to a tree that leaned in the direction of his home. "They worry there's been some undercutting to the root system. So, they'll tie a cable around it and check on it later."

Not the worst news, considering what McReynolds thought earlier in the day.

"I was in my bath robe, getting ready to climb in the tub, when I looked out the window and saw it," he said. "I went outside and then I heard it. It was terrifying when the wall of mud broke."

McReynolds said his thoughts went immediately to a mudslide that happened in the area back in 2009. Just three blocks up, a woman and her two children lost their lives after being buried in the home by mud.

"That wasn't just in my mind that was in the forefront of it," he said.