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Sudden, severe rain floods Salt Lake homes

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Water in the Utah Transit Authority parking lot across the ballpark reached the bumpers of cars, halting TRAX stops at the station and prompting a bus bridge to get riders from the Ballpark and 900 South stations.

SALT LAKE CITY — Sudden, heavy rains flooded an estimated 100 basements and left roads impassable due to standing water Wednesday.

The monsoon downpour dropped between 1 and 2 inches of water on the city, leaving crews from Salt Lake police and fire responding to dozens of homes in a rush to pump out several feet of water.

Especially hard-hit were houses in the low-lying neighborhoods near the Smith’s Ballpark, 77 W. 1300 South.

Water in the Utah Transit Authority parking lot across the ballpark reached the bumpers of cars, halting TRAX stops at the station and prompting a bus bridge to get riders from the Ballpark and 900 South stations.

Meanwhile, northbound I-15 morning traffic into Salt Lake City was snarled due to closures of the 1300 South and 900 South off-ramps, forcing drivers deeper into downtown in order to exit.

Water rushing down from neighborhoods east of Foothill Drive left the roadway littered and drains clogged with gravel and rocks washed from yards. Crews were on hand at East High School pumping water out of the school’s gym.

The National Weather Service recorded more than 2 inches of water in the Sugar House area and more than an inch of rainfall on the University of Utah.

More details will be posted throughout the day.

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