Sandbags still available |

Sandbags still available

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

A Park City Public Works Department official said nobody had picked up sandbags through the middle of the week and the department had 1,400 of them filled if they are needed to protect against a flood.

Pace Erickson, who handles the operations for the department, said some sandbags were put out to block water from a water main break, but the episode did not involve snow melt.

Some of the sandbags are stored at the Public Works Building on Iron Horse Drive and the rest are being stored off the site.

The sandbags are available to Park City residents. The Public Works Department will provide the first 25 filled sandbags for free. People must pay 75 cents for each filled sandbag between 26 and 50. People who want more than 50 sandbags must purchase the bags for 50 cents each and fill the bags themselves with sand provided by the Public Works Department.

Erickson said Parkites typically request sandbags during the first half of May, as the melting snow starts filling waterways.

"It’s when the streams start to rise," Erickson said.

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The sandbags are available at the Public Works Building, 1053 Iron Horse Drive, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call the department at 615-5301.

Officials closely watch Poison Creek and McLeod Creek, the two stream channels inside the Park City limits. Poison Creek runs from Old Town and exits Park City along the Rail Trail while McLeod Creek’s route leaves the city roughly along the S.R. 224 corridor.

A National Weather Service hydrologist who monitors snowmelt patterns in the Park City area said the streams are expected to peak during the third week of May. The cold, snowy weather since the middle of the week delayed the melting that would have occurred had the weather been nice, Brian McInerney, the hydrologist, said.

He said a monitoring station at Park City Mountain Resort recorded the snow pack at 83 percent of normal in the middle of the week, down 13 percentage points from a reading early in the week of April 19.

McInerney said he does not anticipate flooding in the Park City area based on the snowmelt. He said thunderstorms, though, would increase the stream flow if they struck.