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Old 10-12-2015, 10:23 AM
 
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My wife and I are really contemplating a move to STG but we are worried about the flash flooding in Southern Utah. We are worried about buying a house only to find it damaged or destroyed by a flash flood. Can someone offer us some realistic reassurance? Thanks so much.:confused.
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:23 PM
 
Location: UT
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Flash flooding typically only occurs in a few places in the St. George area. Along the Virgin and the Santa Clara rivers, and occasionally in watersheds below steep canyons, like what happened in Hildale. 95% of the community never has to worry about serious property damage from flash flooding. You may have a flooded basement if you get a home in an area of the street where all the water pools, so just make sure to watch out for that. Best to be above your neighbors. It's not really a major issue, although it is something to be aware of when purchasing. Just don't buy in or near a watershed and you'll be fine.
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Old 10-12-2015, 10:59 PM
 
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Thanks, Soccerscotty21. What about the other areas-Ivins, Santa Clara and Washington? One house that we are really interested in is on River Road-still safe area. Your feedback has been most helpful and thanks, again.
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Old 10-13-2015, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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As long as you choose a home that doesn't sit directly against the Virgin or Santa Clara rivers you will be fine. During downpours, Southern Utah streets flood briefly, but typically no damage results. River road is a great area, as long as you are mindful to live away from the river, or at a higher elevation.

If flooding was a huge problem, the area wouldn't have so many people living in it. Ivins, Santa Clara, and Washington are all very nice areas with no additional flooding concerns. Coral canyon or Green Springs are also areas you may want to consider.
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Old 10-13-2015, 01:03 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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In 2005 there was some flooding in some areas, hopefully infrastructure has been put in place to resolve the problems.

Virgin River/Santa Clara River Flood Relief, Inc. St George, UT 84770
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Old 10-18-2015, 03:56 PM
 
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If people try to stop development in an area because it's on a floodplain or landslide, they get accused of interfering with the property rights of the developer. Here in Cedar City, a lawsuit was threatened over discussion of an unstable landslide where a development sits because it was "damaging the property value of the residents." Use common sense, research online, talk to existing residents.
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Old 10-20-2015, 11:24 AM
 
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Cedarite-I am not going to try to stop development but I certainly won't live in a dangerous area where there is a floodplain or landslide. That is why I am communicating with folks on this forum.
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