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
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title An Essay on the Neverlasting Hills
Description city in the creek and flood channel and ditches has been nearly halved since the previous record high-water year of 1952. "In 1952, ditches and the creek moved 835 second feet of water through Manti on one June night. 'Now,' Mickelson says, 'the city's capacity is about half that. Pressurized irrigation pipe has replaced the Brigham Field Ditch and several others of the major irrigation ditches which for-merly could have combined to carry about 400 second feet of water.' Another factor in the city's diminished capacity is the culverts now in use. Formerly, squared-off channels with conventional bridges were used. If the channel plugged under the bridge during high water, as it did in 1952, the wooden bridge was torn up and the channel freed. The round metal culverts have reduced the carrying capa-city of the former rip-rapped channels, and make it harder to remove plugs." There is no doubt that the early planning by the Emergency Committee in March helped greatly in averting serious problems, and even a few disasters. They had taken early note of the extremely heavy snowpack on the adjacent watershed, and when the crisis came, they were ready. How ready they needed to be was very clear by June 23, for by that date the old record high-water runoff set in 1952 was broken by that of 1983. The record of 835 second feet out of Manti Creek set in 1952 was passed by the 1983 runoff registering 850 on June 18. Wild, muddy water rolling rocks along its channel widened and deepened the channel along 4th South, but everything held intact. During the greatest height of water, a couple of utility poles washed out east of Main Street, and a culinary water line burst at Second West and 4th South. The murkiness of water running out of Manti Canyon was explained by the existence of a landslide on the north side of the canyon opposite from the road leading to Pole Haven. No problems developed however, as the creek managed to cut its way through the slide as it developed. "We have been fortunate that no lives have been lost or injuries sustained during this record water," Mayor Bessey was quoted as saying. "People have been inconven-ienced, but to my knowledge we haven't even had instances -49-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
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Date Created 2005-02-18
Date Modified 2005-02-18
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