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CEDAR CITY — The 2021 monsoon season was especially devastating to Iron County residents, causing millions of dollars of damage to homes and businesses.
As floodwaters raced through houses and washed out roadways, they also swept away the iconic ladder set at the first waterfall in Kanarra Canyon south of Cedar City. Prior to the August storm that detached the structure, a 15-foot log with makeshift rungs provided access to the upper portion of the Kanarra Falls hike.
Kanarraville Town Clerk Heidi Loveland told St. George News that flash flooding pushed the ladder far enough down the canyon that town leaders decided to expedite plans to replace the structure rather than restore the old log.
"We'd actually been talking about what we'd do to replace the ladder for about a year," Loveland said. "After it was washed away, we had to speed up our process to get that going because we were receiving several complaints every day from people that didn't want to go on the hike unless the ladder was replaced."