Timpanogos Cave reopens after mudslide-induced closure

Published September 10, 2013 8:44 am
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Timpanogos Cave reopened Tuesday morning after spending several days closed due to debris slides.

Jim Ireland, Timanogos Cave superintendent, said the park was open for normal operations Tuesday, though crews still needed to do some repairs to a power conduit.

The cave closed Saturday afternoon after heavy rain sent debris tumbling onto both the trail to the cave, as well as nearby State Road 92. The debris flow trapped about 150 people, who took shelter in the park visitor's center.

Ireland said the park was well prepared for the incident. Authorities had previously stashed emergency blankets and other supplies at the cave, which they distributed to the stranded visitors. Authorities also gave some of the visitors spare T-shirts so they could change out of their wet clothing. Ireland said no injuries resulted from the incident.

With more rain in the forecast, park personnel were keeping an eye on trails and roads.

"We're not worried, but we're watchful," Ireland said. "If we get heavy rain we could go through this routine again."

Visitors planning a trip to Timpanogos cave can call 801-756-5238 before arriving for updated information about closures. Updates also are available via Twitter at @timpcavenps and on the park's Facebook page.


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