SANTA CLARA – A dike for a retention pond in Santa Clara burst after heavy rainfall in Southern Utah Tuesday and flooded the surrounding area. Evacuations are underway.
The dike broke around 1 p.m. and led to the closing of Sunset Boulevard and Arrowhead Trail in Santa Clara. The break has also led to the evacuation of homes and businesses in the surrounding area.
A number of homes and businesses were impacted by the flood, particularly those in the shopping center at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Canyon View Drive.
Nearby Arrowhead Elementary, Santa Clara Elementary, Snow Canyon High and Snow Canyon Middle, were unaffected by the flooding and dismissed at the regular times. However, parents had to pick their children up at some schools as some buses were delayed due to the flooding.
As of 4 p.m., Washington County Emergency Services reports that Santa Clara Drive, Arrowhead and Vineyard roads remain closed due to flooding. Estimated about 25-30 homes suffered damage.
Red Cross contact is available at the Santa Clara Town Hall, 2603 Santa Clara Drive, for assistance for those who are displaced and need shelter. Those affected by the floods can also call the Red Cross at 435-673-6712 ext 235.
A call for volunteers to fill sandbags has been sent out, and are asked to first meet at the Santa Clara City Hall.
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