Canyon Road festival memorializes landslide victims, honors heroes

Because he lives in the neighborhood, Jim Reese well remembers the landslide and cave-in that happened in July, 2009 killing two children and their mother. Reese said to honor those who died, those who helped with the aftermath and to honor other local heroes a Canyon Road Street Festival will be held on Monday, Labor Day.

After the tragedy Reese put together a River Hollow Neighborhood Alliance which is hosting the big event. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show, Reese said he distinctly remembers that day which changed his neighborhood and the whole community.

“The landslide in the river and the canal broke loose and washed down to Canyon Road,” Reese said. “Much of the neighborhood was under mud and water.

“In a matter of minutes Logan City was there, and we appreciate their efforts in what they have done, fire and rescue, the police department. Many neighbors and people came from Southern Idaho all the way down by Ogden with wheelbarrows and shovels to help clean up the mess that was created.”

Reese invites everyone to come out to the Street Festival Memorial and celebration of community heroes. There will be plenty of music, art and food from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and then a memorial program at 7 p.m. featuring the American Festival Chorus.

“The area of the mudslide will be dedicated for a new memorial park, waterfall and little small pond in memory of those people who died on that day,” Reese said. “Russ Akina, the (Logan City) Parks and Rec director, he will dedicate that area.”

Reese said not only the landslide victims but other local heroes will be honored including the rescuers in the car roll over into the Logan River, those at USU who helped a motorcyclist under a burning car and local police, fire and other emergency personnel. For more details about the event, visit <a target=”_blank” href=””></a>.

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