Two days of heavy rains plus warm temperatures after a heavy snowstorm led to flooding throughout Northern Utah and Southeast Idaho. The water overwhelmed local sewer systems and caused localized flooding in Cache, Rich, Box Elder and Franklin counties.
Drone footage from Franklin County, Idaho on Saturday after the rains stopped illustrate the extent of damage throughout various rural communities. The video, shot by Saunders Family and shared on Youtube, shows large ponds in farm fields, damaged roads, a mudslide near Cub River and the Bear River Massacre site under water.
The excessive amount of water has also caused problems in Box Elder County along the Bear River. The Cutler Reservoir was at capacity and officials needed to release more water down stream.
On Monday, the Logan City Environmental Department issued the following statement regarding restrictions that were put in place as a result of all the water.
<em>We would like to thank the residents of Logan, Smithfield, Hyde Park, Nibley, North Logan, Providence, River Heights, and Utah State University for their efforts to reduce waste water flows during this weekend’s high sewer flow event. Current levels are manageable, but still elevated. We expect that they will continue to lower throughout week as weather conditions remain dry, but will probably not return to normal levels before we move into the next storm event. Keep in mind that as we approach spring months, additional warm weather, runoff, and rain will likely keep the ground saturated and flows higher than normal.</em>
<em>Residents can help us out by doing the following:</em>
<em>Change any sump pumps that are currently connected to the sewer system so that they no longer empty into the sewer system. Having a sump pump that drains into the sewer system is a code violation and should be corrected. Sump pumps can be run through a hose to lawn areas, detention basins, storm water pipes, or into the curb and gutter on streets. It may seem like your sump pump is not making a difference to the sewer system but it could potentially be causing problems for people downstream from you.</em>
<em>Please do not direct storm water to sewer manholes. If you see large amounts of water draining into a sewer manhole, please contact Logan City to report this issue.</em>
<em>If we experience a weather event where we receive large amounts of precipitation, think about implementing some of the conservation tips we have shared with you this weekend. For example: take shorter showers, postpone laundry or only wash full loads, postpone dishes to only wash full loads, and postpone other activities that might send large quantities of water into the sewage system.</em>