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Mudslide forces evacuations in South Weber
by DAN METCALF, JR.
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A mudslide scars the hill above homes in South Davis, Utah Feb. 28, 2014 - Dan Metcalf | Davis Clipper
A mudslide scars the hill above homes in South Davis, Utah Feb. 28, 2014 - Dan Metcalf | Davis Clipper
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Homeowners look at a mudslide that scarred the hill above homes in South Davis, Utah Feb. 28, 2014 - Dan Metcalf | Davis Clipper
Homeowners look at a mudslide that scarred the hill above homes in South Davis, Utah Feb. 28, 2014 - Dan Metcalf | Davis Clipper
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SOUTH WEBER — Four homes were evacuated overnight due to mudslides following Thursday's heavy rains.

Davis County officials say the slide happened in the exact same spot where a canal and retention pond break occurred in April 2006. 

Davis County Undersheriff Brent Peters told the Clipper that 4 homes were evacuated in the early morning hours after residents reported flooding in the area.

Some homeowners experienced a little flooding in their yards, but no structural damage to their houses.

Surveyors and county crews were working to mitigate further flooding as more rain was forecast for Friday evening. The crews were trying to build channels on the hill above the homes in case heavy rains hit the area again.

Homeowner David Hoggan told the Clipper he feels "snakebit" after going through the devastating 2006 mudslide.

"The first one was freaky," said Hoggan. "This one feels more natural."

The 2006 slide damaged Hoggan's home and nearly demolished his next-door neighbor's house back in 2006. A little girl was pinned inside the neighbor's home while suffering a broken pelvis in the side eight years ago. 

The new slide had Hoggan a little edgy, but this time around it's more of an annoyance.

"I'm concerned," said Hoggan. "But I'm supposed to make a birthday cake for my granddaughter today, so I need to get back in the house to get that done."

Undersheriff Peters said the owners could be allowed back in their homes sometime around midday Friday. 

Peters said crews will keep a close eye on the slide in the mean time.

 
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