The Washington County Water Conservancy District has tabled a contract involving the Provo engineer who designed its Quail Creek dike, which broke New Year's Day and caused $12 million in damage.

Meanwhile, southern Utah legislators were busy Wednesday drafting measures to speed aid to low-lying areas of St. George hit by floodwaters.Work also was progressing on restoring a section of U-9 washed out when a 12-foot wall of water rushed down the Virgin River after the earthen dike failed.

WCWCD President Wayne Wilson said the canceled contract, which involves the engineering firm of Rollins, Brown and Gunnell, was for a preliminary study of the district's proposed North Fork project.

Wilson said the contract was "put on hold" because of the dike break. The firm designed the dike.

"Now, the most important thing we face is getting the Quail Creek Reservoir (dike) repaired," said Wilson.

The conservancy district met in a special meeting Tuesday and was updated on progress of flood repairs.

Wilson said repairs to U-9 between St. George and Hurricane are ahead of schedule, and the road is expected to be reopened in February.

A Utah legislator said Wednesday he and other southern Utah lawmakers are proposing a bill aimed at getting money for flood victims. The legislator asked not to be identified, fearing any details on the bill could hamper the state's request that Washington County be declared a federal disaster area.