SANTAQUIN CANYON, Utah (ABC4 News) – A temporary closure will be implemented
immediately for portions of the Santaquin Canyon road.
U.S. Forest Service officials say the closure is being implemented due to high water flows coming down the canyon and debris from an avalanche.
Officials say the road closure will begin from Trumbolt day-use site and goes east approximately one and a half miles to Tinney Flat campground.
All pedestrian, equestrian, bicycle, and any type of motorized vehicles will be prohibited due to the extreme safety hazards in the area.
Officials say the avalanche path is a narrow side canyon that has historically produced slides onto the road in Santaquin Canyon. They also say the amount of snow, ice, and debris is due to the heavy snowpack this year.
The forest service is assessing the extensive road damage cause. Forest Service crews are also working closely with Utah County to assess the impacts of the large avalanche, debris, and high water flows.
The road will be closed indefinitely due to the large area affected and the potential for additional avalanches in other areas of the canyon.
This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as they become available.