In a matter of 15 minutes, residents say it went from standing water to a flash flood with more than a foot of rushing water, mud and rocks.
Water rushed off the mountains surrounding the small town. Water converged on the city’s main business area on Cedar Avenue.
Owners of Stevarino’s were cleaning up mud left in their restaurant. Businesses like the Yamaha dealer found water rushing through their doors. Vehicles in the flood’s path were pushed around like toys.
Several people had to be rescued, including a mother and her two children. The mother is being treated for hypothermia at a local hospital in Marion County. She and her children are expected to be OK.
Today, the area will be faced with a massive cleanup of the downtown area.
There are still several inches of mud in numerous shops.