Sheriff not overly concerned about Weather Service’s flood warning

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LOGAN — The Cache County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents of the possibility for warmer temperatures, Sunday through Tuesday that could cause flooding in some areas.

Sheriff Chad Jensen said the National Weather Service notified him that high temperatures are forecasted to be around 40° and one-inch of rain is possible in a 12-hour period. The amount of rain and snow melt during that short period of time on frozen ground could cause flooding, but Jensen said a lot could change in the next couple days.

“That could pose a threat for flooding but then again it’s a forecast,” said Jensen. “Residents need to be prepared if they live in a place that has flooded in the past and pay attention to their area. But even if the forecast comes true, it may warm up during the day but it will freeze again at night. It is only going to last a couple days. This isn’t a typical March storm.”

As a precaution though, deputies have delivered empty bags to cities in the county for sandbagging. They also recommend cleaning culverts, especially if residents live in an area prone to flooding.

Jensen said this warning is just a precaution and residents shouldn’t be overly concerned.

“We don’t want to create panic by putting this forecast out there because it’s just a forecast but we do want people, residents and citizens to pay attention. It’s just a forecast though.”

The National Weather Service has already lowered its high temperature forecasts for next week after Friday’s subzero high and low.

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