Group raises cash to repair Springdale volunteer medical clinic destroyed by flash floods

SPRINGDALE, Utah – A lot can happen in a week, as Michael and Helen McMahan can attest.

The couple have volunteered at the Zion Canyon Medical Clinic for years. Instead of treating injured hikers for the past week and getting changed, they had to examine the clinic’s building, which was badly damaged by the historic flash floods that swept through the city on June 29.

The clinic closed this week and the McMahans say they should have turned people away.

On Thursday from Zoom, Helen walked through the clinic and showed what they have fixed so far.

She aimed the cell phone camera at gaping holes in the floor from which boards were being torn.

“Here’s our new floor,” she said of the exposed wood that covered other areas of the floor. She moved the phone closer to the holes, exposing the dirt underneath. “You can see the mud drying down there.

The look in the middle of renovation is a far cry from where the building stood more than a week ago, when stone, rubble, mud, and rain tore through Springdale and Zion National Park, and streets, shops, and buildings like Zion Canyon Medical Clinic damaged.

Video shows the water Sweep away vehicles in the parking lot and a shed behind the clinic that housed medical supplies.

The couple learned that the insurance did not cover a single penny of the damage to the clinic.

“We estimate probably $ 50,000. We do a lot ourselves. And where are we?” McMahan asked, looking around and examining the work. “We estimate maybe a quarter of the way to get the repairs done.”

Springdale Mayor Stan Smith also showed Zoom where things were in town more than a week later. It began in front of the medical clinic, in the now tidy parking lot of the town hall and the community center.

Then he moved on to companies like Cable Mountain Lodge, which he thought didn’t take as much damage as was initially thought.

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After the short drive down the street to Zion Canyon Campground and RV Park, Smith explained that the campground is fully open again and that even the pool – which was filled with mud a week ago – is working again.

But the lodge, which is on the same property as the campsite, is still a total write-off and needs to be demolished.

Smith pointed out temporary container-style buildings that now serve as campground offices.

“He brought these containers with him so he could have a job,” he said as he walked around the parking lot of business owner Stewart Ferber’s Zion Canyon Campfire Lodge. “And that’s probably where he’ll be working now and for the next … until he decides what to do with this building.”

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Smith stated that they are still hoping for state or federal help, but that relief is months away at best.

“That’s kind of what we’re trying to go through is what is insurance covered? What are the actual dollar amounts?” he explained.

The community has now gathered around the Zion Canyon Medical Clinic. raise most of the $ 50,000 in just over a week– prove to the McMahans what can happen in a week if people pull together.

“We even had a visitor who was seen that morning of the disaster and she saw the GoFundme and contributed to it,” said Helen. “And also left us a very nice compliment.”

“The community has developed a lot, otherwise we would have gone out of business,” repeated Michael. “And we can’t thank them enough. It was just a fantastic response.”