Rep. Bishop, Mayor Watts tour landslide site

Before trips took them both out of state early this week, Logan Mayor Randy Watts hosted Utah Congressman Rob Bishop Saturday on a tour of the canal breach and mudslide on Logan’s Canyon Road.Bishop said he was surprised at the devastation.”Initially, there are two emotions, the tragic loss of life and how wonderful the community response has been,” he said. “It was amazing how rapid and complete hundreds of those in this community came to the aid of those whose lives were affected.”Bishop said he wanted to be in Logan to see the scene first hand and to talk to city officials and those involved with the canal company.”I wanted to be there to see what can be done short term at the federal level, especially for those farmers whose irrigation water has been cut off, and to see what we can do long term.”Following his tour of the area, Bishop had a measured response.”Right now I can’t give absolute promises,” he said, “I told them I will do all I can.”Watts said the congressman was scheduled to be in Logan Friday but events forced a change in his visit. “He was amazed when he saw the damage,” said the Mayor.Watts said city officials were anxious to talk to Bishop and explore all options.”We’re trying to be the gatekeeper here and bring all parties together,” said Watts. “We talked about diverting water into the middle canal as a way to get it out to those farmers.” The mayor said the Corps of Engineers inspected the site Friday.

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