Emergency crews and UDOT respond to flooding in Wellsville, Paradise

A lot of emergency workers are on the scene in Wellsville Thursday morning where flooding problems apparently started shortly after 4:30 a.m. Cache County Emergency Manager Rick Williams says a report came in about ground level flooding, or sheet flooding, where ice in the water was running off the hills in Wellsville.”It’s flooding roads and canals,” Williams says. “I know of two basements right now that are flooded. We have some pumps over there trying to help the folks there. “We have Wellsville City Fire Department that are up and about this morning. They are assisting with the flood fight right now. They are filling sand bags at the Wellsville City Fire Department.”He says anyone needing sandbags can pick some up at the fire station. Williams asks drivers to be extremely cautious this morning. Meanwhile, Williams says the Utah Department of Transportation and emergency workers from throughout the county are helping. UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders says the minor flooding is caused by frozen ground with both rain and snow running over it. Saunders says there were two main trouble spots.”One is on State Road 23 between Wellsville and Mendon, mile post 28,” Sauders says. “The other spot is from Paradise to Hyrum on Highway 165 between mile post 2 and 4. “In both cases we have ground that has been frozen. Moisture from this storm has collected and is now running across the road. We urge motorists to slow down and use caution.”Local residents began calling Cache County Dispatch at around 6 a.m. reporting water in yards in Wellsville along with frozen culverts and other problems.

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