An Essay on the Neverlasting Hills

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1983
Type Text
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Language eng
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
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Title An Essay on the Neverlasting Hills
Description Sanpete County Search and Rescue Personnel who had been patrolling the evacuated city of Fairview were also keeping sightseers and others out. 'Traffic has been a problem,' said Tom Tucker, Sanpete Search and Rescue Officer, who was assigned to keep people from coming into Fairview from the south. Reporter Ramsey also reported that Fairview had taken on the appearance of a wartime town under siege over the Memorial Day weekend. Mayor Eddie Cox said the town had made some preparation for some unusually high water for sev-eral weeks before the emergency actually developed. Crews had cleaned, widened, and doubled the capacity of the creek channel. Sandbags had been placed where trouble was most expected as early as April 16. But by May 30 only one bridge remained in all of Fairview, and all traffic had to be funneled past Val's Locker Plant. Volunteers turned out by the hundreds, arriving on the scene in whatever way they could. National Guard equipment also arrived. Mayor Cox said that no property damage had been done, but "without the backhoe operated by Mark Poulson, there would have been excessive property damage." It appears that the town was "buttoned-down" as tightly as it could be, until word came that an earthslide in the canyon had backed-up waters of Cottonwood Creek, and if that dam ever burst the wall of water would sweep every-thing before it. In the light of that information it was decided to evacuate the town on the evening of May 30. Mayor Cox summed up the feelings of all residents on June 9, quoted in the Pyramid of that day: "We are just glad to be here," he said. He had high praise for Jim Cheney and Odell Cox and other members of the flood prevention crew. Mayor Cox's biggest worry now is how to get Highway U.S. 89 and the railway reinstated to serve his area. Those, of course, were wiped out at Thistle. Fairview's main concern now is with the sudden cutting of ties to northern Utah and to the mines in Emery and Carbon Counties, losses which affect seriously the movement of tourists and of those in Fairview engaged in mining. The larger community of Mount Pleasant was spared most of the flooding problems of the Memorial Day weekend. -45-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-18
Date Modified 2005-02-18
ID 323013
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