Flooding traps several vehicles, prompts road closure

IRON COUNTY – Several cars were stranded for more than an hour in floodwaters and mud Thursday afternoon, prompting authorities to shut down state Route 130 between Enoch City and Minersville, Utah Highway Patrol troopers said. Initial calls for the road closure came in around 4:45 p.m. and for the Utah Department of Transportation to start clearing the roadway. Flooding occurred between mileposts 28 and 42. The most serious flooding at milepost 42 reportedly stranded two vehicles. The actual number however, was higher, Trooper Bambi Baie said. “The first report…

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Iron County Sheriff calls loss of 13 deputies a ‘public safety issue’

CEDAR CITY – The Iron County Sheriff’s Office stands to lose 13 officers in the next few months – with the potential of more than half of those leaving within 30 days, a problem Sheriff Mark Gower called a “public safety issue.” Furthermore, there aren’t enough names on the hiring rosters to replace them. “Potentially, here in the near future, I could be down 13 deputies,” Gower said. “That’s a mass exodus and that creates a problem. That’s a public safety issue.” The problem largely stems from lower than average…

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