Crews clean up second debris slide in a month up Little Cottonwood Canyon

LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON (ABC4 News)- A debris slide early Wednesday morning closed portions of Little Cottonwood Road. 

“We are right under the vaults so I don’t really worry too much about it,” resident Dixie Anderson said. 

Five minutes up from where Anderson lives,  a debris slide pushed mud and rock onto the roadway. 

Crews from the Utah Department of Transportation spent hours reopening the road. UDOT says heavy rainfall caused the debris slide.

The slide covered the road near Lisa Falls with two feet of debris. 

“All that water accumulates in the gullies and the ditches and it washes out all of the rocks all the dirt and tree,” John Gleason with UDOT said. 

Just last month, a massive mudslide in the canyon stretched hundreds of feet. It trapped people in their cars and closed the road for days. 

“It’s a little surprising they are having these slides,” Anderson said. 

UDOT says because there is more rain is in the forecast, the threat of more debris slides Wednesday continues.  

To prepare UDOT will keep tractors on the side of Little Cottonwood Road for a quick clean up.

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