A section of the canal 12 feet high and between 20 and 25 feet wide broke around 4 p.m.
Jessica and Scott Goodman’s home was one of the hardest hit by the man-made disaster. Jessica noticed the water bubbling up into her back yard.
“Within 5 minutes the hill back there you can see all the boulders that’s our landscaping. Water just went boom and just flew out like it was a big waterfall,” Jessica said.
Water from both directions of the canal crashed into homes.
Stephen Linge ran down to his finished basement when he heard the commotion to watch dumbfounded, almost paralyzed as the water billowed outside his home. “All of a sudden water started coming into our window wells and they started bowing out like all of them and then simultaneously a huge crash of water just flooded in and by that time it was already up to our knees,” he said.
His wife said she was shocked to see rushing muddy water swallow what her family worked so hard to create.
“I would like to have it fixed but I don’t know if it’s going to ever be fixed the way we had it,” said Debbie Linge.
ABC 4 Utah also ventured into John Brown’s home to watch him look at his flooded basement moments after the canal break.
“I think it’s an absolute disaster. I don’t know what to say. I’m trying to keep a positive attitude,” Brown said.
The North Jordan Canal Company owns and operates the Canal, according to Murray Fire Marshall Phil Roberts.
North Jordan Canal Crews are working with Salt Lake County Flood Control to save the homes, but patience is waning. Roberts and neighbors say this is not the Company’s first canal break.
“There in the fall and then across in Murray Bluffs I earlier and now this is the third,” Jessica Goodman said.
Crews are diverting water away from the homes. Meanwhile, homeowners like Scott Goodman can do nothing but wait and watch.
“I think it’s senseless. It really is, this is a man-made feature and it’s creating man-made problems for other people,” Scott Goodman said.
Roberts is asking for people to stay away from the flooded area.