Southern Utah assesses flood-damaged trails, roads

Southern Utah assesses flood-damaged trails, roads

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Southern Utah officials are asking the public to be patient as they assess the damage caused by last week's flooding.

The Spectrum of St. George reports Washington County Administrator Dean Cox says it may take some time before traffic and the county's day-to-day schedule return to normal.

Local trails and those in Zion National Park were battered by the downpours and St. George's city manager's office says it may take the better part of a year to reconnect popular trail systems.

The $75 million Dixie Drive Interchange project experienced some flooding but not enough to force delays. Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Kitchen says the storm hit during a holiday break and there's plenty of time for the site to dry out before construction starts up again next week.

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