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Low Water Exposes Corroded Cars In Hyrum

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Some visitors to Hyrum Reservoir during this season's megadrought have been surprised to find a "graveyard" containing the corroded remains of several old cars exposed by low water levels.

The graveyard lies west-southwest of where 200 West ends in Hyrum. As photos of the hulks spread on social media, a few people theorized that they could have been placed there to stabilize the reservoir's banks.

 

The practice of shoring up the banks of a body of water — known colloquially as "Detroit riprap" — was indeed common in the '70s and '80s, but the fact that these cars aren't lining a bank but instead all tightly bunched and completely submerged when the reservoir is full leads officials to suspect a different explanation. Read the rest of the story on HJnews.com.

 

This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.