The great floods of 1983 and 1952

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  • Kraut Menifee, CA
    May 24, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    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

  • Zabilde Lehi, UT
    May 24, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    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.

  • nayajja` Ephraim, UT
    May 24, 2011 7:14 a.m.

    @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 were flooding.

  • LBR50 Orem, UT
    May 23, 2011 7:41 p.m.

    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.

  • Danish American Payson, UT
    May 23, 2011 1:36 p.m.

    @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.

  • Dorothy Provo, UT
    May 23, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    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 sight.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    May 23, 2011 5:15 a.m.

    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.

  • Weston Jurney West Jordan, UT
    May 22, 2011 11:38 p.m.

    Am I detecting a cycle of roughly 30 years? Were there floods in about 1922? Look out 2041!