Six apartments in Baronnessa flooded July 15.
Lizzie Colvin, a resident of one of the first level apartments in the 400 building and a sophomore studying preschool education, was trapped in her apartment during the flash floods.
Colvin said she was sitting in her living room when water started leaking through the closed front door.
“I had no idea it would flood,” Colvin said.” We have drains, but I guess it couldn’t take the water that was coming down.”
Colvin said the water started to rise in the kitchen and living room.
“I started to freak out a little bit,” Colvin said. “I started unplugging things, grabbing laptops off the floor so they wouldn’t get wet. I called some friends and they told me to put things on high ground.”
Colvin went to her bedroom and put all the laptops and cell phones she could find in her room. She did this because it was a dry place in the apartment.
Colvin said the water rose to her calves. She tried to open her bedroom door but couldn’t because of the water pressure.
“I heard a big crash and a big flood of water started coming into my room,” Colvin said. “I was trapped. I couldn’t open my bedroom door. I couldn’t get the screen off my bedroom window, so I was yelling for help.”
Colvin said a man came into her apartment and yelled to her through her bedroom door.
“He told me, ‘Open the door,’ and I couldn’t so I said, ‘I can’t.’ He said, ‘Step away, I’m going to get it down.’”
As Colvin stepped away from the door, he kicked the door down and the water rose to her waist.
“I was praying the whole time this was happening, and it was like God finally heard me and sent someone my way,” Colvin said.
She was able to get out through the front door of her apartment.
Colvin said after she got out of her flooded apartment, she went to another apartment in the complex. They gave her water and food.
Colvin said she also called her roommates who were at the temple. She said they didn’t know what was going on. She couldn’t get ahold of some of them because they left their cellphones at home.
Colvin called her mom, but her parents didn’t answer because they are at Young Women’s camp.
She said almost all of her belongings were damaged.
“My homework and textbooks are ruined. A lot of my keepsakes and journals are ruined,” Colvin said. “Some valuable jewelry — I don’t know where it is.”
Meredith Wilcox, the manager of Baronnessa Apartment, said she knows Colvin personally.
Wilcox said in the 13 years she has been the manager, she has never seen a storm cause apartments to flood.
She said the procedure for floods is to quickly evacuate the students, retrieve the items and make sure all the residents are accounted for.
Jadrienne Deppe,a resident assistant of Baronnesa and a senior majoring in marriage and family studies, said she noticed water was flowing into a few apartment complexes on the bottom floor of the 200 building. She came out of her apartment to check on the residents.
Deppe said she wasn’t expecting the water to raise chest-deep, so she told the students in the apartments on the bottom floor to put towels next to the front doors.
She went to the 100 building to check on the residents there and then came back to the 200 building. The door frame of one of the apartments had collapsed and water had flooded in. It was about waist-deep.
Deppe said the girls in the apartment next door opened their door to see what was going on and water flowed in.
She and the residents took textbooks and laptops out of the apartment as quickly as possible in order to prevent damage.
They turned off the breakers in the flooded apartments in the 200 building.
“We were calling bishops and Meredith [Wilcox] and any help we could get,” Deppe said. “People came out of nowhere. They were so sweet.”
Deppe said the water at that point was chest-deep. Fridges and couches were floating.
“They were pulling out clothes and pushing the fridges out of the way … to get everybody and everything out,” Deppe said.
Deppe said she tried to make sure that the residents of each apartment stayed near to make sure that what they value the most was taken out of the apartment as quickly as possible.
Some residents chose to keep textbooks and laptops and others chose to keep pictures.
Deppe said through the whole process she was worried about keeping everybody safe.
“I thought, ‘Oh no, they are going to lose everything if we don’t hurry.’ We were just trying to get it all out.”
Wilcox said she reassigned students in the flooded apartments to empty apartments in Brooklyn Apartments where they will stay for the rest of the semester.
Four apartments in building 400 at and two in building 200 at Baronnessa were flooded.
Wilcox said all the residents were accounted for.