Logan River briefly exceeds flood stage Tuesday

The Logan River briefly exceeded flood stage Tuesday leaving one home with water damage due to a flooded basement. However, Logan City officials are cautiously optimistic about the severity of the ensuing water disaster due to an overall forecast of mild temperatures. “We’re at the whim of mother nature,” says Rick Williams, the Emergency manager for the Cache County Sheriff’s Department. “If we have cooler temperatures throughout the month of June than we may not see a lot of problems because the snow will not melt as rapidly. “But if the weather warmed up to 80 degrees, 85 degrees then you have rapid snow melt and an excess amount of water coming down all at once.” With Cache County’s highest recorded water accumulation ever and the snow pack 125% above normal seasonal levels, a heat wave could spell disaster for property owners. “If you’re looking at snow, snow melt water content, ground water and everything else, we’ve exceeded all those records for the last three months so we’re charting new waters here,” said Williams. Logan City Emergency Director Will Lusk is also concerned with the record breaking statistics. “There is 50 inches of water in the snow up in that [drainage] basin that still has to come down,” he said. “That is why we’re on alert.” Residents and city officials have laid more than 50,000 sandbags to date as preventative measures and both Lusk and Williams feel this has helped mitigate the effects of the river’s deluge. “It’s been positive so far,” said Williams, “but it doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods.” Under the current conditions, projections show that the high water level will continue until June 15th. “We’re waiting to see what Mother Nature does,” Williams continued, “and we’re crossing our fingers.”

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