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Rising waters have Provo Canyon cabin owners concerned

By Sam Penrod  |  Posted Mar 20th, 2017 @ 8:34pm


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PROVO CANYON — Days of unseasonably warm weather followed by the threat of rain has a lot of Utah communities watching the stream flows. Cabin owners in the Wildwood community are concerned because the water levels are already high.

The 40-cabin community is situated along U.S. Highway 189 just off the turnoff to Sundance and has been there since 1906. This year the heavy snowpack in the Sundance drainage — the small creek behind the cabins — is running much higher than unusual.

The rising water level had residents bringing in sand and sandbags Monday, hoping it will be enough of a defense over the next several weeks.

"Mother Nature, the way it is right now, and with the rain and warm temperatures in the forecast, hopefully, it can come down gradually," said Wildwood resident Justin Knecht.

"Some of the homeowners don't have as tall of banks and have cut them back, and some are within a couple of inches of the water itself," he said.

Of the 40 cabins, only six are full-time residences. But certainly, their owners will be keeping a close eye on this creek over the next few days.

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