Chalk Creek again likely to flood
Cool weather saved the Coalville area from flooding last weekend, but with warm temperatures likely Saturday, Chalk Creek is expected to surpass 7 feet and flood Saturday morning at about 10:45 a.m.
The Weber and Provo Rivers, as well as Beaver Creek, are all higher than normal.
According to a press release, Summit County Public Works Director Kevin Callahan is encouraging residents in flood-prone areas to follow information closely at co.summit.ut.us.
There are 22 locations throughout the county where residents can pick up sandbags for filling at no charge. Sites include the Public Works yard in Hoytsville, Kamas Rodeo Grounds, Oakley Town Center, Coalville Public Works building and the Summit Park shed on Kilby Road. Call 336-3970 for more information.
If residents are forced to evacuate their homes, rallying points will be set up at LDS chapels in Oakley, Marion, Jeremy Ranch and Park City. If overnight accommodations are needed, Red Cross shelters will be established at North Summit High School, South Summit High School, Park City High School and Ecker Hill Middle School. Friends of Animals in Brown’s Canyon will shelter dogs and cats. Livestock can be brought to the Oakley Rodeo Grounds.
A flood "watch" will be issued 24 to 48 hours before flooding is anticipated. A flood "warning" is issued 12 hours before flooding is anticipated.
According to Callahan at the County Council meeting on Wednesday, prevention efforts thus far have been successful.
"We are as well prepared as we can be," he said.
Contracted work above Oakley funded by the National Resources Conservation Service is almost complete. The county is reaching out to incorporated areas and offering its services as a resource for anyone needing help, he said.
The only flooding problems in Summit County this week, the press release said, were a small mudslide in upper Pinebrook and a flooded pasture and barn in Hoytsville.
On Monday, Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt said Chalk Creek again flooded the Summit County fairgrounds, but no damage resulted.
On May 10, about 40 volunteers from all parts of the county, including members of the Park City Chamber/Bureau board and Canyons Resort, helped fill sandbags in Coalville.
If Chalk Creek does rise, it will last three or four days, Callahan told the County Council Wednesday.
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