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Rains bring minor flooding, landslides to homes and roads

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The storms that ended last week's heat wave left the ground water-logged, triggering minor flooding and landslides.

At least three homes had basement flooding in Pleasant Grove Monday night, and four mudslides were reported along the highway in Spanish Fork Canyon.Weekend landslides in Santaquin Canyon were still causing headaches for cleanup crews.

The flooding in Pleasant Grove occurred Monday evening when water, mud and sticks clogged 650 East.

Michelle Groesbeck said the water tore up patches of pavement and poured into the basements of two of her neighbors.

Beth Hicksen said she had 8 to 10 inches of water in the basement and this was the second time this year her home has been flooded.

Flooding also was reported on 500 East.

Robert Kresser, of the city's public works department, said he brought a pump to a home on 500 East but ended up carrying furniture from the home. The city's street crews were working in the area to clear gutters.

Four mudslides were reported in Spanish Fork Canyon along U.S. 6 between Spanish Fork and Price.

The biggest of the slides, caused by heavy rain in the area, occurred at Sheep Creek near mile marker 195. It slowed traffic to about 20 mph, said a dispatcher with the Utah County Sheriff's Office. The three smaller slides were further east.

No accidents or injuries were reported due to the slides.

Utah Department of Transportation crews were on the scene Monday night but had no estimate when the cleanup would be complete.

Boulders and logs caused headaches for Uinta National Forest employees cleaning up slide debris blocking Santaquin Canyon since Friday.

"The canyon remains closed now, and it's going to take a while to clean all that stuff up," forest spokeswoman Loyal Clark said Monday.

Clark said crews were lining up the heavy equipment needed to clear the debris. She estimated the road won't reopen until later this week.

While the road belongs to Utah County, the Forest Service is responsible for the cleanup because the slide originated on forest land, Clark said.