VIRGIN, Washington County An insurance company has paid a Las Vegas man for a sport utility vehicle swept away by a flash flood in southwestern Utah.
And the Chevrolet Suburban? Nearly eight months later, it's still along the edge of the Virgin River.
Springdale Police Chief Kurt Wright said no one has contacted him about removing the vehicle.
Chuck Williamson of the Utah Division of Water Rights said it's up to the owner or the insurance company to remove it. "There is really no one in charge," he said of the situation involving the vehicle.
Andrew Jackson and his family were camping at the Zion River Resort in August when a storm sent a flood through the area. The Suburban was swept away for two miles, finally stopping along the Virgin River.
Jackson found the wrecked vehicle about a week later and was paid by his insurance company.
"We walked along the river and we actually found one of my kid's shoes and a blanket," he said. "We went into a place where the river was real narrow and there was a bridge and I was sure the car wouldn't make it through there, but it did."
Jackson said he's surprised the vehicle still is there, although he noticed other cars wedged into the bank for erosion control.
Indeed, the cars are known as "Detroit riprap," said Lin Alder, former executive director of Citizens for Dixie's Future, who has walked the 154-mile length of the Virgin River.
"People used to do that years ago to anchor the banks but found out it was actually causing more damage," Alder said.