MURRAY, Utah, June 7 (UPI) -- A foot bridge over a creek in Salt Lake County was acting like a dam Monday, trapping debris in fast-moving waters fed by fast-melting snow, officials said.
Unified Police Lt. Don Hutson said the 15- to 20-foot-long pedestrian bridge in Little Cottonwood Canyon was catching tree limbs and logs that were clogging the stream.
"It's literally turning into a dam," Hutson told The Salt Lake Tribune. "There was so much water spilling over it last night and so much debris, the water eroded all around it and created a new river."
Some people in a nearby neighborhood voluntarily left their homes as a precaution, he said.
The creek also had cut 20-30 feet into the mountain below a road, leaving officials to evaluate whether it needed to be closed. The foundation of a restaurant was in jeopardy, the newspaper said.
"There is significant deterioration of the bank along that west side of the structure," Unified Fire Capt. Clint Smith said about the restaurant. "There's the potential for collapse for that."
Crews were placing sandbags to protect an apartment complex and an assisted living center.
Several homes in Holladay sustained damage from the flooding Big Cottonwood Creek, Hutson said.
A National Weather Service flood warning for Little Cottonwood Creek was extended through Monday evening.