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Donations for Santa Clara flood relief now being accepted

Published: Thursday, Sept. 3 2015 1:36 p.m. MDT

Jason Hurst helps his friend Lyle Hurd clean out his home after flood waters pushed into the home. Thousands of volunteers swarm to help residents in Santa Clara work to clean up after flood waters broke the dike Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 and destroyed several homes and businesses.  (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) Jason Hurst helps his friend Lyle Hurd clean out his home after flood waters pushed into the home. Thousands of volunteers swarm to help residents in Santa Clara work to clean up after flood waters broke the dike Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 and destroyed several homes and businesses. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SANTA CLARA, Washington Co. — An account has been established to provide relief for residents and businesses affected by the Sept. 11 flood, city officials reported Wednesday.

Donations can be made at the State Bank of Southern Utah into an account called the "Santa Clara Flood Relief Fund 2012."

A breach in a retention basin caused a surge of water to flow into a Santa Clara neighborhood Tuesday, resulting in flood damage to 31 homes and a dozen businesses, forcing residents to evacuate.

The dike, categorized as a high-risk dam once homes and businesses were built below it, was scheduled to be rebuilt before it spilled over Tuesday, said Ron Whitehead, Washington County public works director. The basin originally was built to protect the nearby highway, but expansion gradually surrounded it with structures.

Hannah Slade, center left, Kim Prax, center, and Camber Simmons carry food to those working to help clean. Thousands of volunteers swarm to help residents in Santa Clara work to clean up after flood waters broke the dike Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 and destroyed several homes and businesses.  (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) Hannah Slade, center left, Kim Prax, center, and Camber Simmons carry food to those working to help clean. Thousands of volunteers swarm to help residents in Santa Clara work to clean up after flood waters broke the dike Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 and destroyed several homes and businesses. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

"As the city recovers from this event, this is a time for the community to pull together and help those in need," city officials said in a statement Wednesday. "Volunteers have done tremendous work in the cleanup efforts. The city thanks them for the love and support they have shown their neighbors."

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