Flooding in Utah, just not in Cache Valley

Most snow pack numbers in extreme northern Utah, surrounding the Cache Valley, are below normal. But elsewhere, swift and high water in streams and rivers is closing some recreational areas, inundating roads at higher elevations and eventually causing the flooding seen recently in the Salt Lake Valley. Lorraine Januzelli, spokeswomen for the Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest said it is difficult to know how much longer these conditions will persist. “It depends on the temperatures, if it continues warm obviously we’ll have more immediate snowmelt,” said Januzelli. “We may have the worst behind us, we’re not sure. We did have a little bit more flooding on the north slope of the Uintahs. That’s been the area impacted the most.” She said only three campgrounds in the north slope are currently open and three roads are closed. “We had a lot of snow in some areas but we also had cool temperatures all through the month of May,” said Januzelli. “Normally we would have a gradual snowmelt but over the weekend it was a quick, rapid snowmelt and that is why we saw so many problems, especially in the tri-canyon area in Salt Lake County and in Summit County.” Januzelli advised those looking for a campground this weekend to check the Forest Service web site (fs.usda.gov/uwcnf) that lists all campgrounds and roads currently closed. “Only a few campgrounds are affected,” she said. “There are plenty of campgrounds open above Ogden and Logan and places further south, too.”

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