Tuesday, September 18, 2012


 Some of you may have heard about the flooding that we had here in So Utah, I was there to witness most of  it first hand.  The dike in the picture below was built in about 1919. It is an earthen dam with a rock facing.
I have lived here 12 years and I have only seen it fill up like this on 3 occasions and two of them where this year.  For some reason development has continued below the dam with no real thought to significant drainage.

When I first got to the scene the breach was about 5 ft wide and still running down the face.  The police and city employees were busy evacuating the businesses and homes below the dam.

They are reporting about $3.7m in damages to homes and businesses. Most of which do not have flood insurance. In that report they mention the number of dams in the state that they consider a hazard, this brings up a topic for another day about the crumbling infrastructure of America.

My bride and I, along with our two eldest daughters all spent time volunteering with the cleanup effort. You can see pictures of that here.  
This last picture is my own back yard.  The yard pump shorted out and I ended up with an unauthorized water feature.  To quote Ty Webb from Caddyshack, speaking to Carl,  " We have a pool...and a pond.  The pond would be good for you."

Finally, I have my own video footage for you.

If I may add a bit of advice. When looking for a new home, pay attention to what it up hill from you. Just because they say your not in the flood plain does not really make it so.

Stay dry America.

1 comment:

Kristin said...

Your video no workie.
Didn't know you guys got so much rain down there this year.
I am reminded of this hazard every time I drive through the Jordan river flood plain and see all the MANY homes and buildings that will be flooded some day...