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Thunderstorms cause flood damage, outage

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Heavy thunderstorms across the state Saturday caused flood damage in several counties.

National Weather Service Forecaster Larry Burch said the storm produced 1 to 2 inches of rain that caused flooding when it flowed into area streams and creeks.University Hospital ran on emergency power for several hours Saturday after the heavy rain storm knocked out a transformer, officials said.

Utah Power and Light crews were still trying to fix the problem late Saturday night. The outage wasn't putting patients at risk, said Emma Bugen, a staffing coordinator at the hospital.

The emergency system kicked on immediately after the transformer went, she said.

A handful of Orem residents saw their basements fill with water, and several streams in Utah County canyons flowed over their banks.

But Saturday morning's storm wasn't nearly as destructive as one that hit south Utah County Friday afternoon and caused multiple mudslides in Santaquin and Spanish Fork canyons.

The road going up Santaquin Canyon remained closed Saturday, and crews don't expect to have it open until at least Wednesday, said Utah County Sheriff's Lt. Ron Fernstedt.

Although some campers were stranded between mudslides briefly Friday, everyone was accounted for and there were no injuries due to the slides, Fernstedt said. Campgrounds in upper Santaquin Canyon are still open and are accessible through Payson Canyon and the Nebo Loop road.

In Duchesne County, crews filled sandbags all day Saturday to divert floodwaters at several locations, according to sheriff's office dispatchers.

The Daggett County Sheriff's department reported a county road in Jesse Ewing Canyon had been washed out and was only accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles. The road was expected to be cleared Sunday.

Several areas of the state were under a flash-flood warning Saturday night and early Sunday morning.