A community mourns, but fractures remain after Hildale floods kill 12
By NATE CARLISLE | The Salt Lake Tribune
Sep 15 2015
Hildale • Washes divide Hildale, Utah, and adjoining Colorado City, Ariz. A big one, called Short Creek Wash, is supposed to act like a big drainage ditch and runs at almost a 45-degree angle through the community.
Smaller washes connect to Short Creek Wash. At about 5 p.m. Monday, 16 people — women and children — were caught when water rushed from one of those smaller washes into Short Creek Wash. By Tuesday evening, authorities had confirmed 12 people were dead. One is missing. Authorities and residents confirmed that the three women killed were sisters: Della Johnson and Naomi and Josephine Jessop. The children had not been identified Tuesday night.
Naomi and Josephine Jessop were married to Joseph N. Jessop, who acknowledged Tuesday that his family was caught in the flood.
It’s believed to be the most deadly single weather event in Utah …read more
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