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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
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 323075
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6bp00z2

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Title An Essay on the Neverlasting Hills
Description the threatening surplus water. But the principal trouble spot was found to be the extensive erosion of the spillway. Because so much land and so many people and their homes and businesses would be affected in the Gunnison Valley by any break in the Gunnison Reservoir, no effort was spared to solve the problem of damage to the spillway, any further erosion of which would have meant undercutting of the wall of the dam itself and possibly a collapse of the entire structure. The problem was analyzed and the firm of L.A. Young and Sons of Richfield were engaged to repair the damage to the undercut spillway. The Bureau of Reclamation and the Amy Corps of Engineers were alao consulted. In the Gunnison Valley itself, the people of Gunnison were concerned with controlling the rampaging waters of both the Sanpitch and Sevier Rivers. "Initial efforts to dike the banks of the Sanpitch River," said a report in the Gunnison Valley News of June 2, "were deemed unsuitable at an emergency meeting called by the city council Sunday afternoon (May 29). About 30 people were present, including the mayor (Rodney Anderson), the county sheriff (Kennard Anderson), the National Guard, the city engineer, some highway patrolmen, and fire and police chiefs." Their main concern was the Gunnison Reservoir, but they were also concerned with the effectiveness of sandbagging the Sanpitch River. Besides the sandbagging of the river's shores, it was also decided to scoop out Highway U.S. 89 at a point where the channel is bridged by the road and "dip" it temporarily to lead high water through the dip to the other side. This was part of a diversionary tactic. A news article in the Valley News of June 9 makes it known that one of Gunnison City's sewer lines that runs under the Sanpitch River was washed out on June 8 (a Wednesday). Said the paper: A 24-hour pumping operation is the only immediate solution to protecting homeowners in the vicinity of 2nd West and 2nd South from having their basements back up with sewage, until the high waters recede and the repair in the line can be made. The city used Billy Hay's 4-inch pump to flush the sewage out into the middle of the river. Mayor Anderson estimates that expenses -51-
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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 323019
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6bp00z2/323019