One Valley man has been keeping close tabs on the situation unfolding in Colorado City.
Urban Stewart left as a teenager but he has family who are still part of the FLDS community and he grew up on the very streets now covered in mud.
"It’s crazy to see the landmarks, see them getting destroyed," Stewart said.
He's been getting updates from a brother working with the rescue team, assuring him their immediate family is safe.
"It's nerve wracking to know the family is up there and not know who was involved in the accident."
While no longer a member of the church, he says a different belief system doesn't lessen the impact of seeing his childhood home destroyed and old friends struggle knowing how close of a community it is.
"It's definitely going to be a devastating effect on the whole community, getting over the loss of life there."
He’s also encouraged to see people who aren’t part of the church work together with the community to help keep people safe in this time of need.
Stewart points out the main bridge in town was built to accommodate the river swelling but he's never seen it flood like this.