Flood fears prompt watch, warnings in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Emergency management workers prepared for potential flooding along rivers and creeks in northern Utah on Monday as officials said heavy rains were expected to stretch into another day.Rick Williams, Cache County’s emergency manager, said officials were delivering sandbags to areas along the Blacksmith Fork River about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. He said the river was beginning to overflow it banks around Logan.”If it keeps raining, we could have some problems,” Williams said Monday.Officials, however, expect the flood threat to subside with the rains Tuesday.Brian McInerney, hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City, said the Blacksmith Fork is flowing at 910 cubic feet per second, nearly five times its typical rate for this time of year. McInerney said damage Monday was so far limited to farm land and some basements in homes along the river.He said up to 1.5 inches of rain is expected with Monday’s storm.”It’s not intense rain but widespread and of long duration,” McInerney said. “That amount of water on very saturated soil bumped up all of the rivers up north.”Other areas of concern include Emigration Creek, the Weber River, the South Fork area of the Ogden River near Huntsville, and the Little Bear River in Cache County.In Salt Lake County, officials were monitoring the Corner Canyon and Herriman areas.McInerney said releases from Echo Reservoir have been reduced by about one-third to offset high flows from the rain, which was expected to subside by Tuesday.Farmers, meanwhile, are weeks behind.Clark Israelsen, Cache County agriculture extension agent, said farmers could be six weeks late getting their crops in the ground because of all the wet weather. He said there is standing water in some farm fields.

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