Northern Utah could see significant flooding

Apr 8 2011 - 2:05pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Deep snow and ongoing wet, winter weather have state officials worried about significant northern Utah flooding.

National Weather Service hydrologist Brian McInerney says cold temperatures and rain mixed with snow is expected to last through next week.

McInerney says the snowpack throughout Utah is up to 190 percent of normal, and will increase due to the recent storms.

McInerney says the areas of greatest concern for flooding are in Cache, Salt Lake and Weber counties. Southern Utah, which experienced serious flooding in December, is expected to be spared from spring floods.

Heavy snowmelt and runoff is likely to peak in May.

Rick Williams, of the Cache County Sheriff's Office, says preparations began this week for flooding, including coordinating with the local Red Cross for shelter locations.


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