Who to call in case of flooding
- In Box Elder County, call 435-723-4071. Flood-preparedness information can be found on Brigham City's website, www.brighamcity.utah.gov.
- In Weber and Morgan counties, call 801-629-8221. Also in Weber, residents may call Weber County Emergency Management Director Lance Peterson at 801-940-7255.
- In Davis County, officials ask residents to call their city offices or local fire departments.
Easter Rendezvous canceled by flood
OGDEN -- The annual Easter Rendezvous at Fort Buenaventura has been canceled because of flooding.
The re-creation of a fur-trade-era gathering of trappers and American Indians was scheduled to set up Friday and continue through Sunday. Organizers plan to reschedule the event, probably in June.
For more information, call 801-399-8491.
Farmington Canyon area on flood alert
FARMINGTON -- The Davis County Commission has issued a flood advisory for those living near Farmington Canyon to keep an eye on their property.
"We are trying to be proactive," said Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr.
Nearly 62 inches of water is in the snowpack above Farmington, Petroff said Tuesday, putting the canyon snowpack at 176 percent of normal.
Public works crews have walked drainage channels and have cleared debris from the mountain streams, but residents living in past flood zones need to exercise caution, he said.
Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs said residents also need to avoid throwing anything into the creeks or channels that may plug the stream and send the water over its banks.
Downs said the county is aware of the potential of flooding and is doing all it can to respond to it. "Everyone has their eyes open watching the water."
Brigham City managing water flow
BRIGHAM CITY -- City officials said Tuesday that major flooding has been avoided along Box Elder Creek by good management of water flow.
Sandbags have been provided for high-flood-risk areas that are being monitored through regular inspections of Box Elder Creek and Mantua Reservoir.
Mayor's Pond, at the mouth of Box Elder Canyon, has been closed because of dangers associated with the runoff.
Water is being diverted down Box Elder Creek to maintain storage capacity in Mantua Reservoir.
Residents are warned to use extreme caution near the creek and canals because of the swift flow, debris and pollution, and the cold water temperature.
City employees and several hundred residents have assisted in filling more than 8,000 sandbags. Most of the sandbags have been distributed to high-flood-risk homes along Box Elder Creek.
Health department warns of risks
OGDEN -- The Weber-Morgan Health Department warns residents that floodwaters may pose a health hazard to those who are exposed to it.
"Floodwaters may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems, and agricultural and industrial byproducts," states information released by the department.
"Although skin contact with flood water does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, there is some risk of disease from eating or drinking anything contaminated with floodwater."
Residents are being told to throw away any food that comes in contact with storm or floodwaters and to wash canned goods exposed to the waters.
"If you have any open cuts or sores that will be exposed to floodwater, keep them as clean as possible by washing well with soap to control infection," the release states. "If a wound develops redness, swelling or drainage, seek immediate medical attention."