Sheriff warning motorists about flooding water on roads

LOGAN — Heavy snow earlier this year, and now unseasonably warm temperatures and rain, are bringing flooding conditions throughout the area.

Cache County Sheriff Chad Jensen said drivers need to slow down and watch for standing water on roads that can cause vehicles to lose control.

“With the temperatures we are having today and the rain, there is a lot of standing water in the fields,” said Jensen. “We are going to get some sheet flooding because the water has nowhere to go and the ground is still frozen, and it can’t absorb the water.”

Sheriff Jensen spent most of Thursday morning surveying the area throughout the county.

He explained that there are several stretches of state and county roads that are seeing the worst of the flooding. Some areas are more than a foot deep and 20-to-30 feet wide.

“Highway 142 between Trenton and Clarkston, the Trenton Hill. UDOT crews right now are trying to dig that out but there is a river running alongside of the road, as well as across the road in several places, all the way from Trenton to Clarkston.

“Also, crews are working between Newton and Clarkston, trying to move snow piles away from the road and to divert the water, but there is standing water there.

“And on highway 23, between Newton and Valley View Highway, there are several areas that are posted flood zones with standing water across the road.”

The warmer weather has also produced ground fog at times during the morning and evening hours.

Jensen said motorists need to keep their headlights on, so that they are able to see and be seen when visibility is decreased.

“Motorists just need to be very careful, not only of standing water but also the safety of the guys who are trying to get the roads cleared away and divert the water.”

Flooding conditions are forecast to continue through Sunday.

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