Mudslide in Santaquin Canyon brings down wall of debris, blocks road for hikers

Posted at 5:10 PM, Apr 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-28 23:19:44-04

SANTAQUIN CANYON, Utah -- A mudslide triggered a wall of debris in Santaquin Canyon Saturday.

Witnesses say the wall of mud was 15 feet high.

Sara Olson was walking with her friend and their dogs when they noticed one of their favorite spots was flooding.

"It was kind of scary that it was getting under the road a little bit," she said.

They walked a bit farther up the canyon and found the massive pile of debris blocking the road.

"It's going to take some heavy equipment to get it out of the way," Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff's Office said. "The road is probably going to need some repair so even if they were able to get it all started today we're probably looking at a couple of weeks before they get close to being able to it open it back up."

There were no injuries due to the slide, but Sgt. Cannon expects more slides in the coming days and warns people to be careful.

Here are some videos taken of the debris flow from Sgt. Cannon and Fox 13 viewer, Sara Strong Olson.

Courtesy Sgt. Spencer Cannon, Utah County Sheriff's Office;

Courtesy Sara Strong Olson