National Weather Service issues flood watch for Northern Utah

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a Flood Watch for Northern Utah, including the Cache Valley and the Wasatch Mountains from I-80 north. The watch is in effect from late Sunday night through Tuesday morning. A Pacific storm system is expected to produce widespread precipitation across Northern Utah beginning late Sunday, with forecasted precipitation amounts ranging from .5 inches at the lower elevations to 1.5 inches in the mountains. As a result, rivers and streams throughout the area are forecast to significantly increase their volumes and, in some instances, exceed their banks. Damage due to river flooding is possible in selected locations. These areas include the Little Bear River and the Blacksmith Fork River in the Cache Valley, and possibly in Emigration Creek located in Salt Lake County. In addition, small drainages such as local streams and dry channels may be flooded. Logan City initiated precautionary sandbagging Saturday in the Country Manor neighborhood along the Blacksmith Fork River. For inquiries about flooding, residents are encouraged to contact their city administrator or, for the unincorporated areas of Cache County, contact Rick Williams, Cache County Emergency Management, at 755-1059 or 994-1415.

<a href=”http://www.loganutah.org/flood2011/Website_2011_Inquiries_regarding_flooding_in_Logan_City%5B1%5D%5B1%5D.pdf”>Logan City has provided details</a>

for residents who may live in a

<a href=”http://map.loganutah.org/floodplain”>flood plain</a>

,

<a href=”http://www.loganutah.org/flood2011/Flood_Fighting_How_To_Use_Sandbags.pdf”>how and when to sandbag</a>

, or who may need to inquire about

<a href=”http://www.loganutah.org/flood2011/flood_insurance.pdf”>flood insurance</a>

. Interested residents should contact the Logan City Floodplain Manager, Bill Young, at 716- 9160 to see if their home is in the flood plain. If they want to know about purchasing flood insurance, they are encouraged to contact their local insurance agent. A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Residents in these areas should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. For more details about what the National Weather Service is calling a “significant rain event,”

<a href=”http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/wxbriefing/wxb16apr2011/player.html”>click here to watch the weather briefing by hydrologist Brian McInerney</a>

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