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Little Cottonwood Canyon reopens after washout

LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON (ABC 4 Utah) - Traffic is moving again in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The canyon road has been closed for most of the day after a washout sent down rocks and debris.
LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON (ABC 4 Utah) - Traffic is moving again in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The canyon road has been closed for most of the day after a washout sent down rocks and debris.

"We did have a motorist that called about 2:30 this morning to report the debris in the road." said Lt. Justin Hoyal of Unified Police. Officers found rocks and mud and even tree trunks blocking the road in several places around Tanner Flat.

Unified Police shut down the canyon from the mouth to Snowbird.

Christa Schmid lives in the canyon. "I was hoping to go to work today," Christa said. "But I called in and I'm going to be a little late."

Christa said the rain fell in a hurry last night. Estimates are Little Cottonwood Canyon got well over an inch.

"It was a big storm," agreed Pat Robinson of St. George. Robinson was planning on leaving Snowbird this morning. Still, he can think of worse places to be stuck. "Yea, for sure!"

UDOT graders scraped much of the debris off the road. UDOT spokesman John Gleason reported there was some damage to the roadbed and shoulder, "It could have been a dangerous situation."

But timing is everything. And with this storm hitting in the early morning hours, no one was caught in the washout. Lt. Hoyal said, "Fortunately in this case, nobody was injured."

The cost of clearing and repairing the canyon road could reach $100,000.
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