MORGAN -- Morgan County officials have filed an emergency declaration with the state in anticipation of more rain, full reservoirs and continued snowmelt.
"It doesn't mean we're overwhelmed or out of resources," said Emergency Management Director Terry Turner. "It's just a pre-emptive thing that opens up state resources. We're eating up our resources fast."
Council Chairwoman Tina Kelley signed off on the declaration that was submitted Thursday afternoon.
In cooperation with the city of Morgan, county crews have been busy building berms and cleaning deadfall from riverbeds.
About 4,000 sandbags have been used in the last several days, and the county has another 40,000 empty sandbags in reserve.
"We would rather (declare an emergency) ahead of time rather than in the middle of it," Turner said.
He is warning residents to watch for water coming up in basements.
"You can't really sandbag for (that type of water), but people need to be aware of it," Turner said.
Although East Canyon Creek seems to be holding its own, he said, water is expected to flow over the spillway of Lost Creek Reservoir by Thursday.
Turner said water is already lapping over the roadway at Devil's Slide in the Croydon area.