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Lots of runoff is expected

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Floods are not addressed by guidelines officials in Summit County use to respond to natural disasters.

"The flooding procedures need to be done in about two weeks," Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott said Feb. 20.

But County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme urged Public Works officials to immediately survey streams and begin clearing debris that could obstruct tributaries.

"If we wait until that’s written up, the flood may be over," Woolstenhulme said.

In preparing for floods officials consult the National Institute Management System, Summit County Public Works Administrator Kevin Callahan said.

The Weber River, Chalk Creek and ditches along Old Ranch Road in the Snyderville Basin are prone to flooding, Callahan explained.

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"We did a lot of debris removal last fall," he said. "It’s more a function of how quickly the water comes down."

Homeowners associations concerned about flooding in their neighborhoods can contact Public Works at 615-3970.

"Each area of the county has its own unique challenges and concerns," Callahan said.