WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
MAJOR FLOODS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY
Since people have lived in the Washington County area,
floods of our rivers and streams have been something to be dealt with.
HISTORYJanuary 1862: Santa Clara - Virgin River Flood
It started on Christmas eve of 1861 and continued for 40 days and nights.
December 1889: Great Flood in New Harmony
July 29,1975: Residents of Bloomington were warned there was an 18-foot wall of water coming out of Zion National Park. The water came up to within a foot or two of the floor of the Man 'O War bridge. It washed away the east end of the approach, but did no other damage.
January 1, 1989, 12:08 am: The southwest dam on the Quail Creek Reservoir failed, unleashing a 40-foot wall of water, causing a flood down the Virgin River. There were no fatalities, but $12M in damages.
January 10-11, 2005: Flood on the Virgin and Santa Clara Rivers
$200 million in damage; ?? homes lost in Washington County.
REFERENCESPhotos of the January 11, 2005 Santa Clara River flood
Book "Portraits of Loss - Stories of Hope"
Published by the Stories of Hope Volunteer Committee, 2005
Video: "The 2005 Santa Clara - Virgin River Flood - Images of Loss and Home"
DVD produced by Hal Hilburn and Bryce Hunt
"The First Christmas in St. George - 1861"
By Mary Pheonix