OGDEN -- With Pineview Reservoir half full and fire dangers at an all-time high, it's hard to believe there was a time when Weber County was dealing with massive flooding.
But although that was a year ago, Weber County Engineer Jared Andersen hopes to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Andersen is holding an open house tonight at 6 p.m., at West Weber Elementary School, 4187 W. 900 South, to go over plans to mitigate flooding dangers in the county.
Weber County has received $14.3 million in federal funds to repair the damage from last year's flooding and improve protections. Andersen said he is already doing debris removal in the Weber River channel, and is ready to do some bank repairs, but needs public input before he starts most of the larger flood-control measures.
The hearing tonight will include an hour of formal presentation followed by two hours of discussion. Maps and charts of the problem areas will be available for the public to look at and comment on.
"We will have charts, plans and boards and a setting where people will be able to voice their opinion," he said, "whether its verbal or they just want to write it down. We really want to hear what people will say."
Heavy runoff in 2011 caused the Weber River to break through its banks in several places in the west part of Weber County, exposing weaknesses in the dike system along the river. Efforts to control the flooding by pumping water was only partially successful.
Andersen said the project is divided into sections. One is debris removal, just getting branches and other litter out of the river and stream beds, so water can flow more quickly.
Another is protecting the riverbanks from breaking and eroding.
"We've currently got 13 bank protection sites (areas where the bank needs shoring up)," he said. "Wherever that bank eroded or ate away or had significant damage."
He said there were more than 13 areas where the river banks need work "but we had to prioritize the bank protection with the money that we received. So we have 13 sites where we will install erosion barriers," which can be anything from changing the slope of the bank to putting in rip-rap to prevent erosion.