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A thunderous crash sounded in the distance as the house collapsed and crumbled into rushing water below. Several people were standing at the edge of the hilltop in Santa Clara, Utah, watching them be destroyed valley in front of their eyes. Torrent that has eaten dirt from the bottom edge of the river and the house. Without support, the house fell into the river that flows swiftly and swept downstream. Santa Clara / Virgin River flooding in St. George, Utah, in the year 2005 was a complete disaster. Standing on the hill and see the destruction below is an emotional experience for everyone. The trees and shrubs that once lined the small five-foot wide river is now lost, uprooted and swept away by a violent and turbulent flow of water. Why years for nature to create, nature can destroy in seconds. Who would have guessed that it would swell the river width, mean cut in the landscape? River once calm, which can not be crossed on foot or in the car, now as wide as a football field long, and it took everything in the street. The speed of the river used to be five cubic feet per second, and now has more than 6500 cubic feet per second. In three days time, it has been dug into the surface of the earth, carving away at the bank and created thirty-high mountains to twelve meters. Torrent that was digging in the earth at ten feet per hour as a plow and sweep the red soil and trees along the river into Arizona and Nevada. In fact, a man finds his car thirty miles downstream from his home. This has crossed the border into Nevada. The man worked hard to help people remove what they could from houses threatened by the river, but there are people who fled with only the clothes on their backs. Around two hundred houses were damaged and destroyed twenty-five total. The experience of charity and compassion by those extraordinary. There is no prejudice of religion, race, culture, or status, just unconditional love and concern for all people. Houses, clothes, and food for the homeless directly found. Why is flooding so bad that year? Rain six weeks after seven years of drought is the main reason. Built-up debris blocked rivers and channels is the only way to go out at farms and homes. Not only that, the heavy snow in the mountains seems to be a blessing to this desert land, but usually warm January snow melts too fast. With the continuous rain during the month, the saturated soil could not stand anymore. Damage estimated at nearly two hundred million dollars. Losing a house can be replaced, but the sad thing about this flood is the loss of irreplaceable and valuable treasure that has no value to anyone but the owner, such as photographs and memories of the past. Do you believe in miracles? The story of hope always touches people, including me. Old widow who grabbed what he could with the help of neighbors, but could not get everything. She lost her husband and his own book to remember, the pictures of their family, their ancestors, and their biographies. All the memories swept away in floods. The next day after his house was gone, there was a knock at the door where he lived. A man standing in front of him with a book in his hand. He said that he found stranded on a tree stump near his home. Needless to say, he wept for joy. But that's not all. The next day, her husband found the book, too. Good of others is very enthusiastic for this small valley. United fundraising and school raise money for the homeless. For me, this is a story about hope and love, the story of charity. When I enter all this information in the novel, Anasazi intrigue, I remembered this disaster once again. You see ... I'm from Washington County, St. George, Utah. This is the valley. This is my home. They are my people!
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