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Valley Green residents begin to return home despite flood waters

March 15, 2019 07:03 PM

Emergency crews in Jordan have been working for 24 hours to break up an ice jam that caused two to three feet of flooding in places. A voluntary evacuation was ordered for Valley Green Park Thursday night.

“It was a flash flood, it was fast,” said Al Fritz, whose girlfriend evacuated. “She looked out the door and in 10 minutes her driveway was full. She took her car and got out.”

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She spent the night at his house. About 145 households out of the park’s 300 units evacuated.

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Many started to return on Friday, some driving through the floodwaters to access their property.

“It is just material damage,” said Milton Jones, a local pastor.

Several members of his congregation were affected by the flooding.

 “People are okay and still alive over there, they’re safe and that's the most important part,” he said.  “Everything is going to be okay.”

The Jordan Police Department said an ice dam formed in the already-high Sand Creek Thursday evening and water rose rapidly. More than 40 families stayed overnight at a Red Cross shelter set up at the high school.

“The optimistic goal is that no one will sleep here tonight but that's all up to the emergency management and the declarations they make,” said Mark Steffer, the shelter manager.

RELATED: Valley Green Mobile Home Park in Jordan evacuated due to flooding

He told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they plan to keep the shelter staffed Friday night and into Saturday.

15 pets were also evacuated and housed at a temporary shelter, according to police.

“It’s scary,” said Pat Rief, who lives in Valley Green Park. “I hope some of these people get help because I’m sure they don’t have flood insurance.”

Scott County Emergency Management asks people affected by flooding to call them so they can document the damages and get a better idea of how widespread it was. The phone number is (952)-496-8423.

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