A severe thunderstorm ripped through Cache Valley Tuesday night, causing flooding in areas of Smithfield and bringing reports of other weather-related problems throughout other areas of the valley. Flooding and pea-sized hail was reported in the 300 East area of Smithfield, with a number of homes in the area flooding. Emergency crews were in the area helping sandbag the Smithfield Canal and assist residents with flooding problems. Also, up to an inch of hail was seen in some areas of the valley including Richmond. Branches were also reported knocked down from wind in several areas of the valley, including two large branches on 100 East in Logan between Center Street and 400 North. The wind, rain and hail came in at about 7:45 last night with such force that it overwhelmed Smithfield City’s storm sewer system. Smithfield Mayor Chad Downs says before it was over the storm had caused considerable damage, including flooding. “We had about two dozen homes that were flooded,” Downs said. “We also had some flooding at Sky View and also an auto body business. The homes that were flooded were primarily along canals, although there were some other incidences. Of the two dozen homes, some were quite severely flooded while others had less severe. Any degree of flooding was problematic.” The mayor says the city got 1.2 inches of rain in a very short time. Downs is expressing thanks to all the public safety responders along with public works personnel who were called to clean out canals and shore up the banks. More than 80 volunteers also responded, including Boy Scouts, to fill and place the sandbags. Logan Police Chief John McCoy says the flooding occurred primarily along the canals and Summit Creek in Smithfield. He says 23 homes, mostly on the city’s east side, reported varying quantities of water. Seven homes received significant flooding with three homes estimated to have damage of more than $100,000 per home. In a news release, Chief McCoy said a storm drain blew a 2.5 to 3-foot geyser on Main Street at about 800 South and water on Main Street between 200 and 300 North created traffic hazards. Firefighters and police responded to multiple calls for assistance. Mayor Downs says an Emergency Operation center was established at the Smithfield Fire Department and assistance was provided by Logan City and Cache County. Brown outs were reported in Logan and River Heights as a result of lightning strikes in the area. Rain and thunderstorms were forecast to continue throughout the week. Anyone with photos, stories or video related to Tuesday’s storm are invited to share them in the iShare section of CacheValleyDaily.
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