Flooding closes Blacksmith Fork Canyon (with photos)

Homeowners and recreationalists converged on Blacksmith Fork Canyon Monday afternoon as the Blacksmith Fork River reached flood stage. Several parks, picnic areas, and cabins started experiencing flooding late Monday morning. Some worked to stop the flow of water into their cabins or trailers, others worked to prevent it. Members of the Hyrum 4th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to help place sandbags around the home owned by Karin and Manfred Hechtle. “We remember what it was like in 1983,” says Manfred Hechtle. “This, what you see now, this is nothing. We are worried most about the snowmelt.”Hyrum City was busy delivering sand bags and mounds of dirt to some of the areas affected by flooding and who had people to place them.The Utah Department of Transportation closed State Road 101 east of Hyrum at its intersection with Hollow Road due to the flooding along the route through the canyon. Only local or official traffic were being allowed up the canyon. The route is totally closed to only official traffic at approximately mile post 15 because of minor flooding at several points between the Hyrum City Power Station and Hardware Ranch. Road crews were dispatched to address a washed out portion of the road at approximately mile post 20 and to stabilize a bridge before it washed out and got sent down the river.Logan also experienced minor flooding Monday on 1700 South and at the Riverside RV Park. The closure will remain in effect until the threat of flooding has subsided. A flood watch remains in effect from the National Weather Service through Tuesday.

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