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Mudslide/ Springlake/ Santaquin


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Mudslide from Dry mountain above Springlake and Santaquin causes the evacuation of approximately 50 homes.


On 09/12/02, at approximately 18:30 hours, law enforcement personnel were dispatched to the Spring Lake and Santaquin City areas of Utah County to investigate reports of mudslides and flooding in those areas. Preliminary reports indicated that multiple mudslides had occurred; causing mud to slide down into the Strawberry Highline Canal and obstruct the normal flow of water down the canal. Mud and water began to spill from the canal and flooded into Spring Lake. In Spring Lake, at least a half dozen homes were impacted by the flooding but the extent of damage is not known at this time. No injuries were reported and no gas leaks occurred in the Spring Lake area. The Red Cross has provided personnel to assist citizens who have voluntarily removed themselves from their homes. So far, Spring Lake citizens have not officially been asked to evacuate their homes. The water flow, in the canal, has been diverted in several areas and it should clear itself of water by early morning. At this time, the flow is stable in Spring Lake. Santaquin City suffered two mudslides. The most significant one occurring in the North East quadrant (The East Side development). In that sub-division, approximately 30 homes were evacuated. The Red Cross has provided personnel to assist with these displaced citizens as well. They are set up at the LDS Stake Center located at 200 E. 100 So. in Santaquin. While there are reports of gas leaks earlier and one resultant fire, the flames were quickly extinguished and no injuries are reported. The power has been turned off in the East Side neighborhood as well. At this time, the flow is stable in both Spring Lake and Santaquin and the weather is expected to be more mild over the next several hours with likely no more than light rain showers expected through the night.