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Tremonton residents cautiously optimistic for reprieve from flooding

By Ben Lockhart and Mike Anderson  |  Posted Feb 20th, 2017 @ 11:13pm


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TREMONTON, Box Elder County — One day after flooding in Tremonton damaged multiple homes, officials are hopeful that weather patterns will give the city a chance to recover.

"(It) kind of depends on Mother Nature at this point," Tremonton Police Chief Dave Nance said Monday. "If it stays cool like this and no rain, then hopefully it catches up and drains pretty quick."

Tremonton homes in the area of 1650 W. 125 North were flooded by melting snow and heavy rain runoff Sunday, prompting strong warnings to residents from Box Elder County Emergency Management.

Despite his optimism about the prospect of no further flooding, Nance isn't getting complacent.

"We've made progress," he said. "The water is down quite a little bit. If it warms up and rains more, then we'll probably have the problem return, unfortunately."

Crews have used various pumps to get water of the area, as well as sandbags to divert it as needed. The water is draining into the neighborhood from "a lot of open fields" in Tremonton that have no other outlet, Nance said.

Homeowner Amanda Mikesell was one resident making efforts Monday to protect her home, which was damaged the day before.

"We are making some progress, thank goodness," said Mikesell, who went without power overnight. "(A) fire truck came in and helped us. We had a lot of people come in and bring us extra pumps, so we've really got it done. … We were all the way up to the doors yesterday."

Renee Robison, another Tremonton homeowner cleaning up in the aftermath of the flooding, said sleep has been hard to come by, but neighbors have come to the rescue.

"This is not the first time this has happened," she said.

Robison thanked everyone who came to the aid of her family.

"We're just grateful that we have people to help us, and we're not alone in this," she said.

Further south, the Ogden River was running at near capacity Monday prompting warnings to keep kids and pets away from the water.

Lance Petersen, Weber County Emergency Management director said the high water level is due to a controlled release of spring runoff.

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