OGDEN -- Shelly Strahan said a bridge near her West Warren home has become a danger zone because of flooding. But the danger isn't from gushing water -- she said many people are slowing or even stopping on the roadway near the Weber River on 12th Street, gawking at the swollen river.
"People have gone nuts with this," she said. "People are literally coasting along the bridge so they can take pictures out of their car. People have also stopped on the bridge. It's definitely illegal, and creating a hazard for those of us who live there."
Passersby have reportedly been slowing to 20 mph in the 50 mph zone, causing many close calls and near accidents.
Weber County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Klint Anderson said police have seen this issue on that bridge and all over the county with both the Weber and Ogden rivers at high levels.
"We're reluctant to write tickets for it," he said. "You can't tell them not to look. It's fascinating, but you can't slow down to 20 mph when you are in a 40-50 mph speed zone. You can't pull off on the side of the road. That's what we are seeing."
Anderson said because the flooding is so widespread throughout the county, it's impossible for officials to be at every location to inform those slowing and stopping that what they are doing is very dangerous.
Strahan said she nearly got into an accident a few days ago when a minivan driver slowed down to look at the river without putting the emergency flashers on.
"If I hadn't been able to get into the lane next to me, I would have hit them," she said. "I had no way to tell how fast they were going until I was on top of them."
Anderson advises those who want to take a look at the high waters to drive through the bridge or area at a safe speed, then look for a place with a wide shoulder or viewing area where they can safely stop. Strahan said there are several small dead-end side roads near the bridge on 12th Street where news vans and county officials have parked to access the high water.