WOODS CROSS — In a matter of minutes Thursday night, a flash flood forced Marvin Hall to shift his attention from protecting his belongings to getting out of his home alive.
The Woods Cross man was getting ready for bed with his wife in their basement apartment at 1600 S. Wildcat Way when he noticed water seeping through his front doorway. Hall opened the door and immediately was in the crosshairs of a particularly vicious downpour, one of several heavy storm cells in a day of wet weather across the state.
"I looked down the street and I could see a tidal wave coming toward the house, just a wave of water coming toward the house,” he said.
Hall told his wife to get outside immediately, and he followed. Hall returned to the basement a few minutes later to see what was going on and nearly drowned when he tried to leave again, he said.
“(The water) was pushing me back in. I thought I was going to die,” Hall said.
Hall grabbed onto a railing and pulled himself out of the torrent, which was about waist level at the time. Flood water would reach about 6 feet throughout the apartment by the time the ordeal was over. A bathroom door was ripped out, and the couple came home to find their refrigerator floating.
"We’re trying to do pictures and papers. … We’re going to try to save what we can,” Hall said.
The couple is not insured for flood damage, Hall said, and a family member was still working Thursday to set up an online fundraiser for them.
"In 15 minutes, it was over,” Hall said. "Your whole life could be gone. Everything you ever owned could be gone in 15 minutes.”
In Salt Lake City, bursts of rain caused flash flooding at the Triad Center, where the entrance way to the BC Café was blocked by roughly 3 feet of water. Salt Lake City and Ogden received about an inch of precipitation Wednesday, and Logan recorded more than a third of an inch.
In Magna and West Valley City, a flood advisory from the National Weather Service remained in place through Thursday evening as heavy rainfall led to standing water.
The National Weather Service also warned of possible nickel-size hail and winds up to 55 mph in parts of parts of Tooele and Box Elder counties through Thursday evening.