UPDATED July 16, 2012 to include Flood Hazard Map and Key. St. George News has not undertaken to determine, at time of publication to date, whether the Las Hurdes townhomes subject to this story are situated within any of the flood hazard designations or what insurance may or may not be available to the flood victims or any responsibilities between tenants, landlords, residential association or otherwise.
ST. GEORGE – For Sally Roy, a tenant of a townhome on Las Hurdes Drive that flooded this evening, the experience was, she said, the most frightening thing she ever witnessed. She and her family were home when the water came rushing through her walls and into her home.
“Now I know how the people from the Titanic felt,” Roy said. “It looked like it was coming 50 to 80 miles per hour when it came in … it was coming up through the bottom so fast I thought we were going to drown.”
The Las Hurdes townhomes sit at the corner of Valley View and Shadow Point Drives. The segment Roy’s unit is in contains five townhomes, all of which were flooded.
St. George Police and Fire Department responded to the crisis and evacuated residents.
The homes are not far from the Santa Clara river where many homes were lost in the historic flood of 2005.
As then, so these residents are beginning to realize their extreme losses and are being told that because they are in a flood zone, their losses won’t be covered by insurance.
Roy said she was also told the association said they would repair what needed repaired but would not cover her property.
Everything she moved here from Florida, everything in her basement, pictures of her grandmother, her freezer, her son’s digital camera they got for a special photography class, these and more Roy related as destroyed.
“Everything you can’t replace got ruined,” she said.
When we spoke with Roy around 8:25 p.m. she said a group from Cedar City was there helping.
“There are people from Cedar City that drove to help us, they just heard, I think a lot of them are the LDS, I think a lot of them are people that just heard, I have 15 people downstairs right now helping my husband.”
She was determined to remain at her home because the garage door was removed and it left her home and what belongings she has left too easily accessible. She said that the firemen told her they could not recommend residents stay in their home.
St. George News photographer Dave Amodt was at the location and caught a sequence of the events as firemen knocked holes in the perimeter wall of the complex to release the water that was pooling inside the complex wall and flooding the units. Following is our gallery:
Editorial Note: St. George News has not undertaken to determine whether the situs of the Las Hurdes townhomes sit within the Utah Geological Survey’s multi-level flood zone / risk designations. Below are the segment of the Flood-Hazard Map for the general area as published by geology.utah.gov and its interpretative key.
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