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Cedar Hills homes hit by floodwaters after lid blows off pipeline

Published March 28, 2013 1:19 pm

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The Provo River Water Users Association is blaming a home-flooding spill Thursday from its Provo Reservoir Canal pipeline on apparent human error.

Association spokesman Steve Cain said one home in the Cedar Hills area ended up with 3 inches of water in the basement while two other nearby residences sustained lawn and property damage due to the flooding Thursday morning.

Lone Peak and Pleasant Grove firefighters aided PRWUA crews responding to the flooding, which was blamed on an improperly sealed access point cover along the 21-mile-long canal-pipeline system that runs from the mouth of Provo Canyon to the Point of the Mountain area.

Cain said the newly revamped canal-pipeline was being put into service for the first time this year when the flow of water apparently forced off the loose access point lid and send thousands of gallons down slope off Canyon Road both east and west.

The flooding had been halted and the access point hatch repaired shortly before noon, about 90 minutes after the incident was first reported.

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