Southern Utah flooding; STGnews Photo Gallery

Flooding on Red Hills Parkway, St. George, Utah, Sept. 9, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Eric Dodge, for St. George News

SOUTHERN UTAH — Flooding and road closures continue as a result of heavy rains that hit Southern Utah Monday evening. Local authorities advise caution to drivers in St. George and encourage residents to stay home if there is no need to go out.

Message from St. George Police Department:

Remember, only drive through water if you know that it’s not too deep. It is generally best to not drive through standing water because it is difficult to know how deep it is. You must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced, double the distance you leave between your car and the car in front of you, as stopping distances are increased by wet roads, and if steering becomes unresponsive due to the rain, ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.

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  • groanattack September 9, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Grainy cell phone pics, gotta love em!

  • SpellingFreak September 9, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Are these out of focus, or is it time to revisit the Eye Doctor????

    • Joyce Kuzmanic September 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Something’s up, SF – Our wizards are working on it.
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

      • Joyce Kuzmanic September 9, 2014 at 6:43 pm

        Found most of them and reloaded full size – any blur you see now is the lens, the rain, not us. See what you think, SF.

  • Pheo September 9, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    These appear to all be very low resolution photos. Did someone make a mistake when uploading them?

    • Joyce Kuzmanic September 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      We’re thinking that’s a possibility, we’re working on it, Pheo. Check back to take a second look in awhile?
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

      • Joyce Kuzmanic September 9, 2014 at 6:43 pm

        Found most of them and reloaded full size – any blur you see now is the lens, the rain, not us. See what you think, Pheo.

  • M and M cookies September 9, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I don,t understand engineers in this town, how they can,t figure out the drains and flooding areas.. I was ,on Bluff st. Monday night early and saw the drain s on the right side of bluff st filled with dirt, it was never cleaned out after the last storm last week, yet Marc mortension said they cleaned them all out.
    I saw how bad the aea was on Dixie dr. By Swiss storage area,, the. City just redid the wash area there… And it was wrong… Weather patterns are changing and they should adjust plans to prevent flooding… What was the 100 yr old flood. Is now yearly or weekly…but then again we spent 5million dollars on a stupid waterfall down main st. We didn,t need and didn,t vote.. If peopl think the federal govt. wastes our tax dollars, look at t George…

    • The Ca Dean September 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Not an issue of engineering.. just plain cheapness. If our city leaders were to enact and uphold better flood building codes less flooding damage and delays would occur. Unfortunately, in most small towns like St George, real estate drives the local elections and the building codes get watered down… The people of St George deserve better and need to demand more of its elected officials. St George will not be a small town for much longer. If you cheap out now, everyone in St George will pay more; Everyone, but the developers that are now spending their profits and have moved back to Vegas. Only elect official that will strengthen your building codes for long term quality growth. Quick Question.. ever wonder why there ar No schools West of the I-15 near exit 10?? Greensprings has no children? Or just not profitable? Now we have traffic issues . Just poor plannig

  • bobber September 9, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    LOL, got to love sticky red clay

  • chickweed September 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Please ask your freelance contributors to provide an intersection address or complete street address for photos considered for publication. It’s not enough to put up a photo with little or no identifying information.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic September 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      We work with what we get, chickweed. We appreciate the contributions. Maybe some of them will read your request and remember next time. Honestly, on a storm hitting so many regions at once with many impacts, that’s just one thing we can’t hunt down – would like to, but …

  • DAVE RABBITT September 9, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    “Grainy cell phone pics”, “out of focus”, “very low resolution”, or “provide an intersection address or complete street address”… What type of pictures and info, have you contributed?

    Instead of being thankful of simply being able to see a “Photo Gallery” of how bad the rain affected certain areas, you chose to bitch about how they weren’t provided in (your idea of) the perfect format?

    I simply cannot believe the mentality of some of the people, in Utah… Is your ignorance a ruse, or is it genuine?

    • Maggie September 10, 2014 at 2:02 am

      Perhaps Mr Rabbit and some others are just hopping through Utah and won’t stay for the next storm . I will so miss the complaints. NOT!!!!!!

  • Dana September 9, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks for your coverage today. Without it, I would have found myself in the car with my 80 year old Dad, who can barely walk & suffering from Alzheimer’s, going thru some of the worst flooding in the area — from Ivins to downtown St. George.

    Thanks again for the valuable public service today.

  • chickweed September 9, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I appreciate the photos, too, but there was no request for hunting down the missing information. I presume St. George News is in the business of providing information and sets the standards for what it will and won’t accept for publication, hence my request. Sorry if it’s asking too much.

  • Lawrence Felix September 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I agree with Dave Rabbitt and Dana (comments above). When we consider the huge
    amount of rain that all areas of Washington County received over the past 48 hours, I
    think the St. George News did a wonderful job of getting information out to the readers. Remember that a lot of these photo contributions were from ordinary citizens, not StGeoNews staff folks. I’ve lived here in the “greater St. Geo.” area for nine years now and I’ve come to realize that there are those in the overall community that will bitch and moan even when they don’t have anything real to bitch and moan about. Get over it and get a life, be appreciative that there are those who are willing to go out and report. This isn’t the L.A. TIMES, ORANGE CO. REGISTER or N.Y. TIMES staff, give them a word of thanks for doing the job they do in “little old river city” St. George.

    Great job Joyce and staff and all the other contributors. ……..larry

    • Joyce Kuzmanic September 10, 2014 at 5:39 am

      Thank you, Mr. Felix, I’ll be sure and share your words with my staff. We truly could not do what we do without sizable contribution from all of you – we are yours in every sense of the word, and we are grateful for all the things so many bring to us to help us maximize what we could not do alone.
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

  • San September 10, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Outstanding coverage this week…thank you.

  • curtis September 10, 2014 at 1:03 am

    If you don’t know buy now about the idiots we vote for don’t know … all they care about is putting up trees and stupid round abouts to care about floods let it rain let it pour who cares it’s life and filled with alot of idiots
    Ed. ellipsis.

    • skip2maloo September 10, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      You’ve proved your point admirably. Idiots voting for idiots. At least it suggests a sense of unity among all. I just wish that the maven of decorum would restrain herself from the three-dots for four-letter words substitutions. It only gives some of us readers something to pay extra attention to!

  • Dana September 10, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Joyce and Company, Thank you for the coverage and the photos. St. George News has done a great job of keeping us up to date. My family a few states away send their thanks too. They kept up with the storm coverage via this site.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic September 10, 2014 at 5:52 am

      Again, our pleasure. And thank you and your family too – glad to hear we’ve helped somehow. Recharges us for the next one. 🙂
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

  • JonO September 10, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Hey Joyce et al

    Thx for all the pics… BTW the video on the other article of the falls over the Bard were epic.

    Seems the Gunlock dam and likely Baker are overflowing, as the Santa Clara is kicking it up pretty well. Have pics will send if have the chance.

    When Gunlock overflows it is rather awesome… worth an hour or two hike to explore.. happens only every few years. Now, the Santa Clara will be rather higher for some time.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic September 10, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Thanks Jon O, and we’d love those pics – email [email protected] – we’ll watch for them, and we’ll be checking out those dams.

    • Codellica September 10, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      Unfortunately, Gunlock is still pathetically low. I do also love when it overflows, but this time it just isn’t happening. 🙁

  • John September 10, 2014 at 9:19 am

    My photos were taken with a Nikon digital camera and edited (cropped and glare removed). One picture appears twice, the first time blurred.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic September 10, 2014 at 9:23 am

      OK, John – thank you – I’ll see if I can find the duplicate and remove it – we did inadvertently upload small versions, removed them and reloaded full size as posted. Thank you for sharing and chalk that up to a learning curve, please. 🙂

      • Joe September 10, 2014 at 11:04 pm

        Joyce, should photo remissions be left at “full-size,” ex: 8.0MB as opposed to being reduced to approx. 300 KB? (JPEG). Thanks.

        • Joe September 10, 2014 at 11:06 pm

          Whoops, photo SUBmissions.

        • Joyce Kuzmanic September 12, 2014 at 7:30 am

          Sorry for the delay in reply, Joe. Our wizards suggest 2000 pixels wide for landscape or 2000 pixels in height for portrait. Thank you for the question and for the shares, very much thank you and all who share.

  • Mary September 10, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Good job collecting a great variety of shots from all over town on such on weather crazy day !
    Thanks to everyone who submitted the pics .

  • JonO September 10, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Joyce — sent those to Holly / Very dramatic shot from Valley view bridge included… water still going over Gunlock dam no doubt but much reduced from Y’day

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