A slow moving slide filled with rocks, trees, and other debris covered the road in Santaquin Canyon. No people were injured as a result of the slide.
On Saturday May 21, 2011, at approximately 2:09 PM, dispatchers with Utah Valley Special Service District dispatch received reports of a mudslide up Santaquin Canyon. The mudslide occurred approximately three miles up the canyon, just below Tinney Flats campground. When deputies arrived they confirmed the mudslide was 100 yards wide and 3 to 4 feet deep with rocks, boulders and trees. At the time of the slide, two vehicles were passing through and one of those vehicles did receive minor damage from the rocks. No one was injured. The slide completely blocked the road. Approximately 17 people were unable to pass down the canyon due to the slide. With the assistance of the deputies on scene, all of these people were able to walk out around the slide. Utah County Public Works responded and were able to dig a channel through the slide to assist in evacuating the individuals who were stuck above the slide. The road in Santaquin Canyon is currently closed and it is unknown when it will reopen due to water and debris that is still creating a hazardous condition. However the mudslide did not block the river and is not a concern at this time.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912.