Utah avoids major flooding as temperatures warm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Officials say the catastrophic flooding they feared would hit Utah has been avoided thanks largely to late cool temperatures and good planning. A National Weather Service official in Salt Lake City says a few flood warnings will remain in effect in northern and eastern Utah through Friday, including the Logan River, but overall the state avoided disaster. In late May, some areas of the state still had snowpack at 500 percent of normal. Temperatures that held far below average through mid-June helped keep all that snow from melting rapidly. Officials say preparation that included sandbagging, channel clearing and dam releases also helped lessen the damage. Flooding did affect some low-lying areas and farmland. State officials are still compiling damage estimates.

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