Neighbors, strangers help Enoch woman clean-up after flood

Good News Notes:

One day after major flooding damaged at least 200 homes in Enoch, Utah, hundreds of people came together to clean up.

In some cases, entire basements flooded nearly to the ceiling. Very little was salvageable.

“The basement’s totally gone,” said Amy Howe, whose home sustained serious damage from the water that poured in Sunday through her basement windows. “Everything in the basement’s gone.”

Neighbors, friends, and even strangers showed up to help Monday morning. They cleared out the basement – caked with mud and showing a water line roughly seven feet high – and stacked damaged items in the front yard.

“This could have been me,” said neighbor Denise Zerkle, who lives across the street. “That’s why I’m here.”

Some who showed up didn’t even know Howe.

“We decided we’d come up here from St. George and help out,” said Max Gross. “Just helping clean out the basement, getting rid of the mud.”

“We’re all muddy,” added Zerkle, “but we’re pulling through. We’re going to make it.”

Similar scenes played out across Enoch, just north of Cedar City, as people cleaned up from Sunday’s strong storms. A group of Southern Utah University students went door-to-door on Old Scout Trail, asking what they could do to help.

There was no shortage of work.

“This is the community we’re in,” said Noa Taeatafa, a senior at SUU, as he took a break from throwing debris into a dumpster. “We got to make sure we take care of it.”

“It feels good to get out into the community and help where we can here, and just know that even though we’re not making a huge impact, we’re helping families as much as we can,” added Sierra Law, also a senior at the university….”

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