Dave Watson, of Washington County, thanked the Utah Senate today for quick attention and support during last year's floods. He jokingly mentioned that the damage Southern Utah experienced was so catastrophic it is still being shown on CNN’s Weather Channel.
In addition to the state loan, which helped rebuild essential infrastructure, over $2.8 million has been raised for private costs. Seven different lending institutions rallied together to forgive nearly three-quarters of a million dollars of debt by those whose homes were lost.
The independent pioneering spirit of many of the victims, coupled with community support, and an instant jumpstart provided by the State of Utah allowed those impacted to recover more quickly and effectively than what was previously believed feasible.