PLAIN CITY -- Flood levels are dropping, allowing Weber County officials to repair the damaged levee here, but residents aren't out of the woods yet.
The Weber River's levels dropped enough that county crews could repair a 150-foot section of the levee northeast of 4700 West and 5900 West.
Water broke through the dirt barrier Tuesday, flooding the surrounding area, but now fresh dirt is back, said Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson.
No homes were reported damaged when the levee broke Tuesday afternoon.
But the levee break may just be a harbinger of problems to come, Gibson said.
"As we look up and down the river, the flows are extremely, extremely high, and we're on pins and needles because we feel like we're playing Whac-A-Mole. We plug one hole, and another seems to pop up," he said.
Crews run up and down the river all day to keep the water back wherever it threatens to flood homes, farms and businesses, Gibson said.
Officials say there is still concern that weather conditions could trigger more flooding in the western county.
"We're at the mercy of Mother Nature," said Weber County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Lowther.
Floodwaters dropped about 3 inches from Tuesday to Wednesday in West Warren and Marriott-Slaterville, he said, but if the weekend brings a lot of precipitation, or if warm temperatures bring a heavy mountain snowpack melt, it could mean more flood trouble for residents.
Lowther said residents in affected areas are preparing for another potential surge of high water by keeping sandbags in place on their properties.
They also have sandbags stockpiled and waiting for use if the need arises.
"If (water levels) start going up, we know where the problem areas are," Lowther said.
More than 50 residents of all ages dug into 40 tons of sand piled in the Riverdale Home Depot parking lot to fill bags and prevent any further flooding.
Eight homes near the river at 3550 South and 575 West were flooded Monday night.
Mike Loughton hopped off the back of a Ford F-150 already loaded over the brim with pallets for roughly 1,000 sandbags he and other volunteers were going to drop off at any spot along the river in Riverdale that needed them.
"The city didn't have any sandbags ready Monday night," Loughton said, so the city, local wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and other residents teamed up Wednesday afternoon to bag the free sand from Ash Grove Cement Company.
Hector Mejia, 16, said two of his friends had waist-deep water flooding into their homes Monday night. Shovel and bags in hand, he jumped in to help prevent the same from happening to anyone else.
As they hurried to fill the bags, a gray sky hung above their heads, a constant reminder of the storms to come.
Linda Cheng, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City, said high temperatures shouldn't be a problem in the coming days. However, she said an active storm pattern in the area could bring rain and snow.
The most immediate concern, Cheng said, would be from Wednesday night into today, when "there's going to be a decent cold front going across there."
She said mountain areas could receive two-thirds of an inch of snow and the valley areas could see a third- to a half-inch of snow.
She said there will be a break Friday, but another storm is developing for the weekend. That one will mostly stay clear of Northern Utah and will be focused more on the central areas of the state.
Lowther said officials with the sheriff's office toured the area near 4500 W. 1200 North in West Warren on a search-and-rescue airboat to assess the water damage Wednesday morning. He said they could see plainly that the water levels had dipped about 3 inches.
"It's been slowly dropping," Lowther said. "It's a good sign. It's not dropping fast or anything -- it's not like draining a bathtub."
In their updated spring flood-potential briefing, National Weather Service officials said the Weber River received 2.33 inches of precipitation Tuesday, flooding homes in Riverdale and other small areas along the river.
They said water was recorded as flowing at 4,800 cubic feet per second Tuesday. The river normally flows at around 720 cubic feet per second at this time of year.
Lowther said officials are grateful to those who volunteered to bag sand Tuesday to help protect residences and curb flooding damage.
"Hundreds of people came out to help," he said. "Many had homes that weren't in danger -- some were complete strangers who came to help. We are appreciative of them."
The Associated Press contributed to this article.