Environment: When the Mud Ran Amuck

The citizens of Farmington, Utah, will never forget the sound. "The trees were popping and the boulders rolling," recalls Steve Moon of the fire department. "Anybody who wouldn't be nervous listening to that coming down the hill, there's just got to be something wrong with them." What came down the hill was mud: tons and tons of soggy, slippery, onrushing mud. The same thing was happening in the neighboring town of Bountiful, where 1,000 people had to be evacuated. Mud slides and floods all last week caused millions of dollars of damage and...

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