Sevier River Swells; Highway Shut Down

Sevier River Swells; Highway Shut Down

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A flooding warning has been issued for Sevier County.

Last night, the Sevier River swelled and jumped its banks.

The floodwaters destroyed parts of Route 118 near Monroe. The road has been closed and crews are working to repair the damage. Authorities said it could take a few days before the damage is repaired and the road can be opened.

The rising waters has also threatened some homes. Residents have been sandbagging to protect nearby homes.

Crews were also busy working all night to build a dike to keep the river from further flooding.

Sevier County officials said warm weather created the high level spring runoff, which caused the swollen river.

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

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