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Flash floods set off mudslides, close access to roads in Utah, Duchesne counties

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BIRD'S EYE, Utah County — Flash flooding triggered mudslides and closed off access to U.S. 89 near Bird's Eye Sunday evening but forecasters predict the weather will clear up by Monday.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers said mud and debris were washed on to the road between mile marker 305 and 307 around 8 p.m. and Utah Department of Transportation workers were trying to clear the roads. Motorists coming from either direction were turned around. Officials aren't sure how long it will take to open up access but believe it will be clear by Monday morning.

Forecasters for the National Weather Service in Salt Lake also warned of intense rainfall in Duchesne and Utah counties, and the northern part of Sanpete County. Flash flooding near Tabiona, in western Duchesne County required plowing on the road to remove debris that blocked access Sunday.

And on Saturday, an afternoon storm left several homes with water damage in the Kiowa Valley section of Eagle Mountain.

About 15 homes were affected near the intersection of Cherokee Drive and Chinook Street, including three with serious flooding, according to Eagle Mountain Fire Capt. Kevin McCarthy. At one home, the window wells filled with runoff and a window broke, filling the basement with water, he said.

The mess was cleaned up and all roads were open Sunday.

Forecasters said that in western and northern Utah, there was little threat of flash flooding but warned central and eastern Utah could experience problems on Monday.

— Paul Koepp and Lana Groves