This chronology of Sevier River Basin floods extends from 1852 to
1967. Most common and destructive are dry mantle floods, which flow as
a muddy mortar-like substance containing 40 to 55 percent water. Hundreds
of tons of protective topsoil are removed from watershed lands,
debris and boulders are picked up as the flow travels down steep stream
channel gradients, and then the flood is debouched into communities and
on to productive cropland.
United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, Forest Service, Soil Conservation Service, "Sevier River Basin Floods 1852-1967" (1971). Elusive Documents. Paper 102.