Joseph M. Dougherty Deseret News
A new report by the Utah Geological Survey shows that Deuel Creek in Centerville Canyon, given the right conditions, could dump 196,000 cubic yards of mud on Centerville homes.
The last time Deuel Creek had a devastating debris flow event was, well, never.
But creeks in similar canyons to the north of Centerville Canyon have produced debris flows, which are characterized by large amounts of mud, rocks, trees and boulders. That’s different from a flood, says UGS geologist Rich Giraud, which is mostly water with some eroded material.