Water Rushes into More Bannock County Homes

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Updated: 9/09/2013 7:53 pm
The recent thunderstorms created some big issues for many in Pocatello marking the third severe flash flooding in the area in about two weeks.

When it rains it pours and for one local family, it floods.

"There was nothing to do. It just happened so fast," said Antoinette Betty whose backyard and basement flooded.

Sunday afternoon Antoinette Betty's backyard and basement turned into a muddy marsh after a fast moving storm passed through the Mink Creek area. The storm dumped about an inch and a half of rain in just over 15 minutes.

"I was upstairs in the house and just heard some crashing and kind of explosion sounds and came down stairs and all of this was coming down through the yard and had broken out the windows in the basement and was coming in through the basement and filling it up with mud."

This area is no stranger to disaster. Just over a year ago, the Charlotte Fire destroyed dozens of homes in the area and forced evacuations for many others. Despite efforts to clean up and rehabilitate the burned area, the effects of the fire are still being felt.

"Well you know after a fire of course you get a lot of your vegetation that would normally hold back water, soak water up and utilize water that runs, you have bare soil. Bare soil cannot soak up that much rain at one time," said Randi Ghezzi, Pocatello Street Department.

The Betty's aren't the only ones having a hard time with the unusually high amount of rain we've seen lately. The thunderstorms are taking their toll on many in Pocatello with three flash floods in a few weeks.

"Well it's actually been very hectic the last three weeks as far as keeping the underpass cleared out and the localized flooding in the lowlying parts of the city you know keeping the storm drains clean of all the debns and yard debris."

While it may take a while to put their life back together, Antoinette offers her advice on how to weather the storm.

"Maybe just remembering it's all stuff and all the kids and all the pets are still here."
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