BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) — A flooding warning is in effect along the Bear River in northern Utah.
The National Weather Service says the warning will be in effect until late Sunday night from below the Cutler Dam at Cutler Reservoir to the Great Salt Lake.
The weather service says the river is slightly above flood stage below the Cutler Dam and is expected to crest Saturday evening and then fall below flood stage by Sunday evening.
According to the weather service, areas expected to be affected include campgrounds next to the river as well as ranches, farms and roadways.
Hydrologist Brian McInerney said officials also had to release water from the Hyrum and Newton reservoirs.
"Those reservoirs are dumping water to make space for the incoming flows that we're going to see in the spring and any rain that may happen," McInerney said.
It all leads to a big mess for farmers like Travis Nelson. His fields, along with many along the Bear River, were overrun by the water Saturday — which could pose a serious problem.
Nelson doesn't think his crops will survive the flood waters, but it's something he tries to roll with.
"It's a big gamble," he said. "Mother Nature's the boss and we do what she says."
Staying safe and getting help
Flooding is occurring all throughout Box Elder County, according to a news release from Box Elder County officials. Snowy weather has slowed the flooding, according to the release, but there is a significant amount of water on the roads. Those driving in the area are asked to exercise caution and proceed slowly over and around pump hoses.
In an attempt to keep as flooding away from homes and members of the community, members of the Box Elder County Emergency management are monitoring water in fields, roads, streams and other areas. In addition to this, about two dozen pumps are diverting water into canals, ditches and the Bear and Malad rivers.
Those who need help or want to volunteer are asked to call 435-695-2554. Officials are asking that all donations go through the United Way.
- Updates are available on the Box Elder County Emergency Management Facebook page and website.
- Sandbags are available in Thatcher, Bothwell, East Garland Park, Riverside, Fielding, Plymouth, Corinne, Deweyville, Garland City and Portage. Extra sandbags are available at the county fairgrounds.
- The Bear River Health Department has also put together information on cleaning indoor sewer contamination, how to manage septic systems and well water after a flood, and how to take advantage of free bacteria testing for drinking water.
- Sandbagging will continue Saturday, Feb. 25, and Sunday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at under the bandstand at the fairgrounds in Tremonton. Sandbag volunteers must be at least 12-years-old, wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring gloves and shovels. Sign in is at the Museum Building. Those interested should call 435-724-3354.
Contributing: The Associated Press