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Residents Watching Little Cottonwood Creek

Residents Watching Little Cottonwood Creek

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(KSL NEWS)- Salt Lake County - While some residents and businesses in Northern and Southern Utah grow concerned about flooding from rain this weekend, residents along Little Cottonwood Creek have their full attention focused on the mountain above. Residents say the water level is lower than it typically is at this time of year but the snowpack level is higher.

"I don't feel very secure seeing what it did to me at another location," Ed Butterfield said.

Butterfield's sprawling home sits right next to the creek. He nearly lost another nearby home in 1983.

"The way this stream comes down with the velocity that it's moving, sandbags is worthless," said Butterfield.

Neither he nor any of his neighbors are sandbagging and few have thought about insurance.

"They figured that last deal in '83 was a hundred year happening," Butterfield said.

Neighbors say they've seen county crews clearing debris, but they admit with Little Cottonwood Creek pegged as a potential trouble spot nobody knows exactly what will happen.

"I remember that year and about as deep as the snow depth got at the ski resorts was 168 inches and this is the first year I've ever seen it get up to like 215 inches," Butterfield said.

(Copyright 2005 by KSL Newsradio 1160.)

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