UPDATE: Water levels continue to rise at Blacksmith Fork River

A sunny day Friday meant the Blacksmith Fork River would be handling more water Saturday.Friday night, water levels reached 7.6 feet and slightly dropped to 7.5 by 9 a.m. Saturday. Water levels receded after cool overnight temperatures. But with more warm weather on Saturday, river levels rose again and are expected to continue to rise and reach a peak Monday morning. The flooding at the 2900 South bridge in Millville continues to be problematic. Crews have been working for days to clear debris from underneath the bridge and on Friday began dredging the river bed, pulling up dirt and rock. A temporary levee was created, placing the debris all on the west side of the bridge. By Saturday afternoon, a breach in the levees slightly upstream caused the Blacksmith Fork to freely flow into a pasture, causing the river to rise above and around the 2900 South bridge.Meanwhile in Logan, a local emergency was declared asking for a voluntary evacuation of the Riverside RV Park as a precaution. Logan City officials also closed the Logan River Golf Course trail system because of rising water along the Logan River.Across the Blacksmith Fork River from the Riverside RV Park is the Country Manor neighborhood in southwest Logan. Residents there placed an additional 1200 sandbags on Saturday for extra precaution. Homeowners continue to pump increased ground water back into the river, attempting to save their homes from water damage.There are no reports of property damage at this time. However, the Blacksmith Fork, Logan and Little Bear rivers continue to rise because of a rapid snowmelt after several days of warm temperatures and several properties could be threatened.

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