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Fund Helps St. George Widow Get New Home

Fund Helps St. George Widow Get New Home

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- An 84-year-old widow who lost her home to the Santa Clara River flood in January has a new place to live.

With the help of the Virgin River/Santa Clara Flood Relief Fund, Glenna Sanderson bought the downtown townhouse from a neighbor, Evelyn Kunz, and moved in May.

Kunz left many of her furnishings and other items for Sanderson to use. The pair also became friends and now often talk on the phone.

Sanderson and her husband Ivan had moved into their Riverwood home in Green Valley in 2001.

In January, the high, swift waters of the Santa Clara eroded the riverbank and the house toppled into the water. Sanderson had had about 30 minutes' warning.

She lost the house only about a year after her husband died. They had been married 62 years.

Since her Riverwood home was a complete loss, the relief fund helped Sanderson buy the new home.

In addition to the new home, most of her clothing came from donations.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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