CENTERVILLE -- A flood warning issued for the next few days in Northern Utah is a concern, but Centerville is much more prepared to handle problems than it was 30 years ago, officials said.
One area of major concern that city and state officials have is the Farmington Bay area, which includes Centerville Pond.
Rich Hansen, manager of the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, said officials are hoping for a few weather cycles in which temperatures are in the upper 70s for a few days, then cool back down into the 60s for a few days.
That type of cycle would bring the snow melt down at a reasonable rate.
"But once we sustain those 70s and 80s for a period of time, we could have lots of trouble," Hansen said. "That's why I have a track hoe and an operator on call."
Hansen has permission from Rocky Mountain Power to breach dikes around the area so water can run out to the Great Salt Lake and not potentially flood an industrial park and Legacy Parkway to the east.
Hansen said once the water flow gets going, it is expected to be about 1,300 cubic feet per second.
"That's an insane amount of water," Hansen said.
Centerville Assistant City Manager Blaine Lutz said the city is monitoring isolated areas of concern. He explained there are roughly five stream channels in the city that could be impacted by high runoff and cause problems.
Those areas and the overall threat are being monitored closely by city staff.
"Everything depends on how the weather goes from here," Lutz said. "There are so many factors that affect runoff. We can't really predict what has happened."
The city recently received an influx of concern over the potential for flooding. Public Works Director Randy Randall said officials will let residents know when it is time to get sandbags.
"We're not encouraging them to get them now because they will go bad," Randall said.
Sandbags will deteriorate from the sun and also will get hard if left out in the rain.
Randall said the city creeks are expected to rise slowly, so residents will have at least three-to-four-days' warning before they will need the sandbags.
On Friday, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Northern Utah.
National Weather Service hydrologist Brian McInerney, in Salt Lake City, says the Blacksmith Fork River exceeded flood stage on Friday, so the Cache County communities of Millville and Hyrum can expect minor flooding this weekend. The river near Logan is expected to recede Monday as a cold front moves in and snow melt eases.
Weber County Emergency Services Director Lance Peterson said the biggest danger will be along the South Fork of the Ogden River in Ogden Valley.
Causey Reservoir is going to spill over, he said Friday afternoon, probably by Saturday morning. That means the South Fork will surge uncontrollably. Peterson said he's already done some sandbagging along the river there.
Farmers and property owners should "take a look at their banks, make sure they're good there," and call emergency services at dispatch, 801-629-8221, if they need help sandbagging.
The Associated Press contributed to this story