Flooding has stabilized, but more is forecast

The rain stopped Tuesday and Logan City Fire Marshal Craig Humphreys says things are a little more stable as far as flooding in Logan City is concerned.On KVNU’s For the People show Monday, Humphreys said the county has been handling problems in the Nibley area and in Blacksmith Fork Canyon. He says in Logan City, Monday’s flood concerns were mainly in the Country Manor subdivision and the Riverside RV Park.”We were able to get some sandbags in place and some diversion walls to help re-channel all the water from the Blacksmith Fork River back into the channel,” Humphreys explained. “Right now we’re continuing to monitor all the bridges, especially as a lot of debris, logs and limbs come down the river.”Our highest priority is keep those bridges free and clear of that debris so the water won’t back up.”Humphreys says the city was well prepared for the flooding problems. A lot of sandbags were placed in vulnerable areas over the weekend with the help of neighborhoods and church groups as well.Humphrey says with more rain in the forecast for today emergency management workers are preparing for more flooding along rivers and creeks.National Weather Service hydrologist Brian McInerney says that the Logan River and, to a lesser extent, the Blacksmith Fork River have the highest potential for river flooding this spring as a record snow pack begins to melt. In a

<a href=”http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/wxbriefing/wxb19apr2011/player.html”>weather briefing about updated Utah flood potential</a>

, McInerney explains that the snow pack in the mountains above the Logan River and Blacksmith Fork River is greater than the record levels seen in 1982. Based on current conditions and 30 years of hydrological data, the NWS is forecasting these rivers to be above flood stage. Humphreys says preparedness is extremely important because the problems could worsen with more storms in the forecast and a significant amount of snow still in the mountains.”We could, on a worst-case-scenario, see homes that get flooded, some possible evacuations in areas that we’re preparing for,” Humphreys continued. “We’ve talked to the Red Cross. If we need to, we can open up shelters to shelter people if they need to be out of their homes for a period of time until the water can recede.”So we’re making those kinds of preparations as well. We hope that those things don’t happen but in our world we need to prepare for them.”Humphreys said local residents, along with emergency management officials, need to do all they can to keep water away from their property.

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