No flood troubles yet
Cooler than expected weekend temperatures kept Chalk Creek within its banks Saturday. Local water and weather experts were predicting it to flood, but except for spilling more water onto the Summit County Fairgrounds, no problems occurred.
"We did pretty good," said Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt. "Overall, there was no major property damage it was all fairly minor stuff."
The North Summit creek has been cause for so much worry, explained County Public Works Director Kevin Callahan, because it has a small, low watershed. The normally-small creek is greatly affected by quick runoff, he explained.
Chalk Creek is expected to stay below flood stage as long as the moderate weather persists, Callahan said.
"We’re playing a weather game now. If it can stay cool enough to not get too high but still melt the snow, we could be OK," he added.
In addition to cooperative weather, Callahan also said the community was prepared. Sandbags were in place and debris has been cleared from drainage areas.
Callahan said Kamas had some minor flooding with Beaver Creek, but handled it quickly. The Kamas mayor and public works director could not be reached for comment.
According to U.S. Forest Service spokesperson Kathy Jo Pollock, the Beaver Creek has been running high, but is staying within its banks east of Kamas.
The Weber River, which caused millions in property damage last year, is still well below flood stage, Callahan said. It could rise another two feet before there would be cause for concern, Callahan said.
The river has a much larger watershed, so its rising and receding is more predictable, he said.
But there is more water to come, Callahan added.
Last year’s damaging flood began June 6. Moderate spring weather was melting the snow slowly when an eight-degree temperature increase occurred and caused more water to come down than the river could handle.
When high water comes in another week or two, Callahan said, it will linger for at least a week. A heavy rain or spike in temperature could have devastating effects.
"We’re holding our breath and crossing our fingers," he said.
Schmidt said he’ll stay nervous for several more weeks.
"This is still just the beginning of this thing. We’re nowhere near being out of it or safe," Schmidt said.
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