They let us out of West high school to help with the flooding. We had a great
time. Might as well have fun. Nothing we could do about the water flowing down
State Sreet. 1952
A nitpick on the article. The West Desert pumps were not built in response to
the 83 floods. They were built the following year when a second consecutive
above average water year pushed the lake to record or near record highs. Yes
the 83 floods contributed to it, but the pumps came a year later after more
water. Should next winter be above average in moisture content, we may have to
fire up the pumps.You mentioned the mudslides but forgot the
farmington slide that was heading right for Lagoon and in fact took out the
steam engine train ride that went around Pioneer park. Such a slide this year
would threaten Rattlesnake rapids.
@My2Cents: Your facts are warped a bit. According to the 1950 U.S. census, in
the West, 96.3% of households had radios. Even in 1940, 88.9% had them. I doubt
folks were so backwards in the '50s that they did not know it when the canyons
I remember the floods of 1983. That is why, when we returned to Utah, we did not
again live next to the river, in the riverbeds or near the lake. History repeats
itself and so does Mother Nature.
@My2Cents: Don't tell me--you are a member of the union, right? I remember the
1983 floods and what happened was what is supposed to happen. Neighbors,
friends, Churches--not just LDS--helped out. Why is it that everyone assumes it
is the government's job to rehabilitate? Two people side by side in New
Orleans. One hard working and employed. The other on welfare. The hard
working one earned too much to be helped by the government. The other spent his
government help on a new diamond ring and car. True story. That is the shame
of government help.
The 1983 flood caused a landslide that blocked the Spanish Fork River wiping out
the town of Thistle in Spanish Fork canyon and creating a lake that remained for
several months. The road had to be rerouted up higher with a cut into Billy's
Mountain. I think about it every time I drive that road. It was an amazing
All I can remember about 1952 is that news papers were only a nickle but most
couldn't afford to take the daily paper so the flood may have gone unnoticed by
the majority of the state. In fact in 1952 if you even had a radio you were
considered upper crust, rich, and had electricity. The workers of Utah were
Master Craftsmen that no amount of education could supply and the workers were
exploited and under paid much like today's business world.So for
individuals to remember and compare floods, you have to be in them. The flood of
1983 is overblown to justify city and state spending for business while they
turned their backs on citizens. And the same thing will happen any time there is
a flood, floods don't affect citizens in cost and losses, at least that is the
tunnel vision government and FEMA wears. All you have to do is look at what
still remains of the Katrina flooding, the citizens got the shaft and the state
can't understand why people don't want to go back.
Am I detecting a cycle of roughly 30 years? Were there floods in about 1922?
Look out 2041!