Heavy Utah rain floods basements, closes roads amid commute
Jul. 26, 2017
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Torrential rains in Utah early Wednesday sent floodwaters into dozens of homes, triggered power outages and shut down major roads and part of light rail line during the morning commute in Salt Lake City.
Between 1 and 2 inches of rain fell in and around the city, with more than 2 inches reported in the Sugar House area, the National Weather Service said. KSL-TV reported an inch of rain fell in 40 minutes in some areas, turning local streets into rivers.
The area near Smith's Ballpark in Salt Lake City was among those hardest hit by the flash flooding. Authorities say water flowed into the basements of about 100 homes. No serious injuries were reported.
Traffic on Interstate 15 was snarled during the morning commute due to the closures of two busy off-ramps. At least one car got stuck in standing water beneath an I-15 overpass.
Nearly 4,000 Rocky Mountain Power customers were without power at one point from Salt Lake to Logan, but that was limited to about 1,300 in downtown Salt Lake City by midmorning.
The Utah Transit Authority said a stretch of the TRAX line was under about a foot of water. A bus bridge was established, but numerous delays were reported.
The Cedar City Airport reported a record 0.75 inch of precipitation on Tuesday, breaking the old mark of 0.26 inch set in 2002, the weather service said.