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21 December 2010 @ 04:45 pm
Flooding Update  
I'll start this post by saying we're on high ground, and we're situated at the top of a plateau with the river below in the canyon, so we're fine and safe.

It's getting pretty bad. The river is flooding in the town down from us, Toquerville, and Zion Natl Park was closed due to flooding yesterday. There's a damn above Rockville they think might give way, so they're evacuating, and have heard they may start evacuating parts of Springdale. Where we are is centered between Zion/Springdale/Rockville, Toquerville, and Hurricane, sort if like a center of a wheel with the other towns being at the end of the spokes. We can leave town either through Toquerville up to the interstate, or go through Hurricane to St. George. The Toquerville route is shut down currently due to the flooding. I have the flu, so I went to work around noon, and there's one fairly low bridge as you climb up out of Hurricane. The water was pretty high, and once I got to work was when the warnings started coming about the damn breaking. Now whether it will affect that bridge if the damn were to break, or if the river continues to climb - which it will - I don't know, but I really didn't want to be stuck on the wrong side of the river and since I can work from home and I feel like crap, I decided to collect a pile of contracts and payroll stuff and come back home. I did the being cutoff from everywhere thing twice in Monterey due to flood, so decided not to chance it. I didn't really want to camp out under my desk for the rest of the week!
 
 
 
valihavaliha on December 21st, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
That sounds scary, even though you're currently on high ground. I hope it stays that way and that the dam holds. It must be bad for you having to deal with all this on top of your flu. :sends chicken soup:
layla_aaronluscious_words on December 21st, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you made it back home with work so you don't have to camp out under your desk. I'm also glad you're on high ground.
some_day_solingsome_day_soling on December 22nd, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
I'm glad you are on high ground and hope you continue to stay safe.
fkastriderfkastrider on December 22nd, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
Who are they trying to kid?

When a dam is showing signs of erosion on its downstream face one gets worried. Admittedly some of that is from the rain itself, not from the dam being saturated and oozing out from underneath itself. An oozing dam can be as little as six hours from failure. I sure hope not.

Interesting how KSL used Skype to provide the feed for the lady reporter in St George. That's why she sounded funny.

I have this thing for houses on high ground. My folks old house (which I helped pick) was on the top of one of the four hills in town. Our current house is ~80 feet above the 500 year flood line in a relatively flat area.
Tinuviel_hedgewytch_ on December 22nd, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
Hope you can stay safe and dry *Hugs* xxx