A Utah Bridge Over Troubled Water
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Busy road, watch out for traffic and watch out for traffic on the bike path.
People of sleepy St. George were in the final hours of celebrating 1988 when the dike at Quail Creek Reservoir broke. At precisely 12:05 am on Sunday January 1, 1989 the breach was complete...A 200 foot wide chunk of the dike broke loose letting an estimated 30,000 acre foot of water to come rumbling down the Virgin River at a rate of up to 60,000 cubic feet per second (This is six times the normal rate at which Cataract Canyon of the Colorado River flows at it's peak river running season. That’s a lot of water!!!).
Well, at that speed, the bridge at the end of River Road (back then, it was the end) was one of several bridges to wash away. This left the residents of Bloomington Hills stranded on what became an island for several hours. Residents were notified early Sunday morning that they were stranded and that they needed to help others on the “island” who were put out of their homes, and that a five-gallon-per-person water ration was in effect. While Bloomington Hills homes were safe from the raging waters of the swollen Virgin River, water lines to the area were damaged, leaving the area dependant on water stores in the tank on the south side of Bloomington Hills. Area residents brought food to the LDS church and prepared breakfast for all who gathered. Late Sunday morning, Man-O-War Bridge opened and that afternoon I-15 opened allowing residents off their temporary island. For more information and pictures of that fateful day, go to the cache...
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