Park City waterways remain below flood stage as sandbags readied |

Park City waterways remain below flood stage as sandbags readied

The Park City Public Utilities Department has placed sandbags along the Poison Creek trail as it follows Bonanza Drive in preparation for the possibility of flooding in the spring and early summer.
Tanzi Propst/Park Record

Three waterways in the Park City area were not approaching what is considered to be flood stage during the seven-day period that ended April 22, City Hall said in a report released on Monday as officials continue to ready for the possibility the streams could jump their banks.

Mike McComb, who is City Hall’s emergency program manager, and Troy Dayley, the public works manager for the municipal government, drafted the report in anticipation of a Park City Council meeting scheduled on Thursday.

The report, citing U.S. Geological Survey data, says water was measured at between 6.5 feet and 7 feet in McLeod Creek as it flows along S.R. 224 close to Quarry Mountain. The water would hit flood stage at 8.9 feet, it says. The measurement at East Canyon Creek in the vicinity of Silver Creek Junction was found to be between 5.9 feet and 6.4 feet in a location where flood stage would be reached at 9.3 feet. Silver Creek in the vicinity of Silver Springs was measured at between 5.5 feet and 7 feet with 9 feet considered flood stage.

“With recent warm/cold cycling, runoff has the potential to increase quickly. The higher than normal snow pack doesn’t necessarily mean flooding is imminent however,” the report to the elected officials says.

Park City and other emergency agencies are preparing for the potential of flooding after the heavy snow over the winter. The snowpack in the Park City area remained at approximately 150 percent of average in late April.

There are concerns a quick warming trend could send water from the melting snow into the streams and creeks at a rapid pace, increasing the chances of flooding. If the spring temperatures gradually warm, the runoff would be more orderly, reducing the flooding prospects, experts say.

The report to the elected officials also provided information about the availability of sandbags from the municipal government. People who live inside Park City or businesses in the city are eligible to receive up to 25 filled sandbags for each address. Additional bags are provided free of charge if someone wants to fill them on their own with the sand provided. The sand and bags are available at the Public Works Building, 1053 Iron Horse Drive. More information is available by calling 615-5320.

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