Be Careful on the Road!

Be sure to stay vigilante of weather reports and stay off the road as much as possible because injury and death tolls are rising in Utah as a result of flash flooding. Many cars are being swept away. Several people are missing. Be sure to stay safe and keep your eye on the weather.

Flash flooding in southern Utah has killed at least 16 people since Monday night; four others remain missing. 

Twelve of those deaths are in the small Utah border community of Hildale after a flash flood swept through the town. A vehicle carrying three women and 13 children was swept away, and only three children survived. Washington County Emergency Services told The Weather Channel one person is still missing, and it is unclear whether the individual is an adult or child.

People rushed to the scene when the cars finally came to a stop downstream. What they saw was gruesome; dead bodies were strewn everywhere and the vehicles that once held them were crumpled and mangled, almost beyond recognition. But somehow, they found one boy who survived the ordeal, standing nearby.

“The little boy was standing there,” Yvonne Holm told the Associated Press. “He said, ‘Are you guys going to help me?'”

(MORE: Flash Flood Danger of Vehicles)

Some 20 miles to the north, the AP reported four people were killed by flash flooding in Zion National Park and three remain missing. Up to 1.89 inches of rain was measured in the park over the past two days as of Tuesday morning at an elevation of 5,741 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Officials have not yet released the identities of those killed or missing.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert expressed his sorrow in a statement, lamenting, “I join with other Utahns in mourning today the lives lost in two tragic incidents at Zion National Park and Hildale. Jeanette and I send our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones. I thank the first responders, volunteers and other officials involved in the recovery effort.” 

The situation in Hildale has shocked the community. Flooding started overnight and “obviously caught these people off guard,” Hildale assistant fire chief Kevin Barlow told The AP. “Witnesses say they were backing out of it trying to get away from it and it still swept them in.”

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A vehicle rests in debris after a flash flood in Hildale, Utah. (Mark Lamont via AP) 

    Three people survived as the flash flooding washed the vehicles several hundred yards downstream about 5 p.m. MDT. One survivor was found downstream at a bank in town. One survivor remained hospitalized overnight, Washington County Emergency Services reported. Six of the deceased were located in Utah and two in Arizona, almost 2 1/2 miles downstream.

    In light of the tragedy, Herbert warned residents and tourists, “Today’s tragedy also serves as a reminder to residents and those visiting our state to take appropriate precautions and be aware of the factors that contribute to dangerous flash floods. This includes strong thunderstorms and intense rainfall that can take place over several hours or even just a few minutes.”

    Authorities say that around 150 people from county, state and federal agencies, 500 community volunteers, and six or seven search dogs are working at search and rescue efforts in Hildale and its sister town across the Arizona border, Colorado City. 

    Herbert released a statement Tuesday morning indicating that state officials are in close communication with local government and public safety officials in the affected area and offered the full resources of the state to the town of Hildale to aid with the search and rescue effort. The Utah National Guard has been mobilized and is expected to arrive late Tuesday afternoon, Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, said at a press conference.

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    Zoom-in of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, highlighting Short Creek and the canyon northeast of Hildale.  (Google Earth)

      According to the NWS in Salt Lake City, the deadliest single flash flood on record in Utah prior to Monday’s event was an August 13, 1923 flood near Farmington, claiming seven lives. 

      The towns sit at the foot of picturesque red rock cliffs about 315 miles south of Salt Lake City. The floods came after heavy rains fell in the canyons just north of the towns, sending waves of water barreling through the streets.

      “This hit with a vengeance we haven’t seen for some time,” Barlow told NBC.

      The women and children were on a gravel road north of the towns, Barlow said. It appears they were coming back from a park in the area when the flash flood hit, he said.

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      If You’re Looking for a Great Time in Salt Lake…

      There are all kinds of fun places to go. This week, Ben Harper and The Innocents are coming to Salt Lake City at the Red Butte Garden. Ben Harper has been huge in music since the late nineties for his unique take on blues, folk, reggae, soul and funk/rock music. He really can take on any genre. He is a musician that had his first big gig at age 12 and has only continued to grow and expand his talent. 

      An Evening with Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals

      • September 16, 2015
      • Presented By: Red Butte Garden
      • Venue: Red Butte Garden 
        300 Wakara Way
        Salt Lake City, UT 84108
      • Admission:$55/General Admission, $50/Members
      • Category: LIVE MUSIC & CONCERTS
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      Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals are back-returning to the stage and the studio in 2015 after a seven-year hiatus-the last show they played together was a double encore set in Brazil in September 2008. Fans were ecstatic when the band announced plans for a reunion tour of North America and Europe-a mixture of intimate shows and headlining slots at Bonnaroo and other music festivals. The tour and forthcoming studio recording reunite Harper with The Innocent Criminals’ classic line-up: percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates and guitarist Michael Ward.

      Read more at: http://bit.ly/1FNblX0

      Recent Project

      Want to see what Western Fence Company can do for you? Check out these photos from one of our latest projects. We stand by our work and are proud of the difference we can make in property value and appearance!

      How to Choose the Best Fence

      There are many different reasons that a homeowner would want to build a fence. Whether it be to show property lines, to keep unwanted people or things out of yards or for aesthetic value to increase the price of the home upon sale. Whatever the reason, there are four tips that you should consider to help you choose the best fence for your needs that will stay with you for life.

      Tip 1: Be sure to come up with a clear reason for your fence. 
      If privacy is your main goal, then height will be a huge factor to consider when talking with your contractor. Figure out exactly what you want so that you can get the most out of the fence you decide to add to your home.
      Tip 2: Understand upkeep.
      If you want to spend little or no time maintaining your fence, then there are certain types of fences that won’t suit your needs. Be sure to be realistic about what kind of maintenance you are willing to do while storms and other weathering takes place. 
      Tip 3: Check with your HOA or city building codes.
      It is important that you do not spend a lot of time and money on  fence that you are going to end up having to take down because it is not aligned with what your HOA or city have stated in their rules. Save yourself the trouble and learn what is acceptable before you build.
      Tip 4: Choose the right contractor for the job.
      When it comes to fencing contractors, be sure that you have found a company that is reliable, experienced and able to communicate with you about your exact needs and how to realistically fulfill those needs. It is important to go for a company that does custom work because you shouldn’t be limited in this important investment for your home. Western Fence is the company for every job from vinyl to custom and even chain link fences. Be sure to call our friendly staff for a quote. 
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      8 Ways To Spice Up Your Fence

      Most people don’t realize just how much a fence can change the look of your front yard and your home. It can increase the value of your property as well as identify property lines and be a measure of safety. Fences can truly be works of art if you just add a little bit of imagination to this functional and beautiful fixture. Here are eight ideas to get you on the right track. Western Fence does beautiful custom work, so be sure to call if you need a new fence of almost any kind.

      Fencing plays a starring role in the home decor news these days. You’ll see weathered pickets or rugged fence boards ingeniously repurposed as living room wall art or headboards for the bedroom. But sometimes a fence is just a fence – not something to be recycled, but an actual structure that provides privacy, security, and shade to your yard. There’s no reason for this essential item to be boring, though. Here are 8 fences imaginatively decorated by Hometalk members. Try doing one of these projects yourself to delight the eye and perhaps add curb appeal to your home.

      1. Marble-Embellished Fence

      Here’s a whimsically embellished fence courtesy of Creating Really Awesome Free Things (C.R.A.F.T.). Her mom created the shiny decorations by drilling holes in wooden fencing and wielding a mallet to pound in a jillion children’s marbles. Who else loves the sparkle?

      2. Peek a Bark Fence

      A privacy fence will keep passersby from peeking in, but what if you have a four-footed somebody who wants to peek out? Joe L cut a hole in his board fence to let his beautiful Sheltie buddy Blaze watch what everyone was doing in the back field. The peek a bark hole is lined with plywood so Blaze’s fur doesn’t snag.

      3. DIY Repurposed Tin Can Hanging Planters

      Try this cheap and easy way to add charming pops of color to an uninspiring stretch of fence. NewlyWoodwards hung her fence with spray-painted tin cans full of flowers. Voila! Instant rustic planters that brighten up the landscape on a budget.

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      What is Required by the State of Utah to Have a Fence Built?

      A fence is a fantastic addition to any home! With literally infinite
      styles and designs to choose from you are sure to find a fence that
      enhances the curb appeal and overall tone of your house. More so the
      fence has been providing families with the added benefit of privacy
      since the dawn of time.

      Depending on which state you live in
      there are different regulation set for the building of a fence on your
      property. Utah state regulations can sometimes be a bit cloudy, but
      Western Fence Co has done the leg work for you! We brought you some of
      the most commonly asked questions about fencing regulations and the
      regulations themselves!

      Rest assured when dealing with Western
      Fence Company we will always make sure that all Utah State permits are
      obtained and all restrictions followed. Its our job to know these ins
      and outs! We just think its helpful for you to have the answers too 🙂

      The installation of a fence requires a permit from Building Services.
      “Fence” means a structure erected to provide privacy or security which
      defines a private space and may enhance the design of individual sites. A
      wall or similar barrier is also considered to be a fence. The fee for
      most residential fences is $33.00. However, fences exceeding 6′ in
      height require additional construction code review and fall under the
      general permit fee schedule for construction.

      For additional information
      about fences please click here.

      How to Pick the Correct Fence for Your Home

      There are many types of fences out there and picking one that goes with
      the styling of your home can be a bit difficult. Utilizing articles like
      the one below you can begin to compare looks versus purpose. If you
      have a set of nosy neighbors it may be more important for you to have a
      tall fence that you can not see through to keep peoples attention where
      it needs to be. However if you have nothing but a great relationship
      with your neighbors you might want to look for a more decorative look
      for your fence.

      When it comes to choosing a fence for your home, you should always
      consider the style of your home itself. If you end up choosing a fence
      that compliments your home and works cohesively with the style, you can
      easily skyrocket the value of your home by adding to its curb appeal.

      So whether you’re selling your home or just in search of ways to add
      to its aesthetic, here are some fencing options for various styles of
      homes.

      For the Contemporary Home: Horizontal Wood Fence

      If you have a contemporary, ultra-modern home, you certainly want to
      be careful when choosing the type of fence to install. Be sure that the
      fence you go with is just as modern as the home itself.

      A wise choice might be to go with the classic stained wooden fence,
      but opt for the more modern, contemporary version with horizontal wood
      instead of vertical. The right stain can provide an attractive contrast
      to the white siding or glass that makes up the exterior of your modern
      home.

      Commonly these kinds of fences provide added privacy for the modern glass that likely encompasses your contemporary abode.

      For The Colonial Home: White Picket Fence

      If you have a colonial home that is representative of the classic
      American residence, a classic white picket fence might be just the right
      choice. These modest and low-laying fences can offer just the contrast
      needed to make your house “pop” against its neighbors, instantly
      skyrocketing your home’s appeal.

      Typically these types of fences are made of wood and painted white,
      with a charming gate and walkway that leads to the front entrance of the
      home. This acts to highlight the home’s entrance as the focal point as
      well, giving your home an added visual aesthetic.

      For practicality, however, you can opt for vinyl fencing that is
      virtually identical to the wooden white picket fence, but does not
      require painting or repainting. Vinyl may initially cost more than wood,
      but being much easier to maintain, would likely be more cost-effective
      over time.

      Read More Here: http://cbporta.com/how-to-pick-the-right-type-of-fence-to-skyrocket-your-home-appeal/

      12 Upkeep Ideas To Add Curb Appeal

      When you are looking to sell or possibly rent out a property one of the
      main determining factors for the success of your sale is curb appeal, or
      how your property looks at first glance and first impressions. This article outlines some great ways to add visual appeal to your property.
      Many times a beautiful flower garden or wrought Iron fence can be a
      major reason for purchase from a potential buyer.

       
      1. Remember all those outdoor fixup projects you put off last winter,
      waiting for the warm summer months? Well, summer’s here and it’s time to
      think about getting some repairs in while the temperatures are still
      agreeable. Keeping your home in tip-top shape not only adds to its curb
      appeal but it saves you money as you ward off more expensive fixes down
      the road.

      But look at it this way: Spend a couple of weekends
      outside, basking in the beautiful weather, and make sure your home looks
      fantastic while you can still enjoy its charms. Soon enough, it will be
      time to pack it up and head inside.

      2. One of the simplest but most satisfying fixups you can do is to make
      your windows sparkle and shine, letting in clear summer light. Make the
      job easier by learning from a professional in How to Clean Windows Like a Pro.

      Read More Here: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20408237,00.html