Water systems caught between overfilling dams, flood risks

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Water system managers say an above average snowpack in the Utah mountains has led several dams in northern Utah to shift into flood control mode to avoid too much water gushing downstream.

Weber Basin Water Conservancy District General Manager Tage Flint says the agency has released 40,000 acre-feet of water from the Pineview Dam into the Ogden River in anticipation of the snowmelt. Flint says the additional water nearly caused the river to reach flood stage.

The manager also expects the East Canyon Dam to spill during the spring runoff.

With a rain storm expected to pass through northern Utah for the next eight to 14 days, the U.S. National Weather Service has issued a flood watch. Box Elder, Cache and Weber county residents are advised to prepare for flood conditions.

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