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Leaders in a small Utah town are looking at ways to prevent future flooding as clean-up efforts continue

“They’re unpredictable,” said Chief Matt Montoya of the Helper Fire Department.

(FOX 13) Recent flash flooding has damaged homes in Helper, Utah. June 20, 2022.

Helper, Utah • Monday was a busy day for the town of Helper, Carbon County, as crews and neighbors cleaned up after Sunday’s flash flooding.

“They’re unpredictable,” said Chief Matt Montoya of the Helper Fire Department. “You are at the mercy of Mother Nature. You don’t know what’s going to happen, how bad it’s going to be.”

The powerful water broke many riverbanks, spilled across the street and into nearby homes, campgrounds, and golf courses.

“The flash flood warning came over our phones around the time it happened,” Montoya said.

A few homes just off historic Helper Main Street downtown filled with water on Sunday. Debris, logs and boulders clogged the bridge on Ivy Street, causing water to overflow into a nearby neighborhood.

To read more, visit FOX 13.

This article is published by the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of Utah news organizations dedicated to educating readers across the state.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/06/22/leaders-small-utah-town/ Leaders in a small Utah town are looking at ways to prevent future flooding as clean-up efforts continue

Joel McCord

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