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State water expert not predicting major flooding, warns about high, dangerous waters

By Dan Rascon, KSL TV | Posted - Jun 16th, 2019 @ 12:01pm

MURRAY – The State’s water expert is not predicting major flooding this season, even though rivers are running very high.

“We don’t anticipate any major or even moderate flooding,” said Brian McInerney the state hydrologist with the National Weather Service. “We had a little melt and a little freezing, and that scenario took the tops off the peaks.”

McInerney broke down the numbers and did a side-by-side comparison with the 2010 and 2011 season when we saw major flooding and heavy snow fall. He gave that presentation to the Community Emergency Response Teams at the Capitol on Tuesday.

McInerney looked at the Logan area, Weber County, Little Cottonwood Creek, Provo River and the Duchesne River system.

But even though he says we are not anticipating major flooding, it still could all change depending on the weather.

“We are not completely out of the danger zone, by far,” he said. “What we worry is if temperatures bump up into the 90’s for several days.”

McInerney says the biggest concern right now is Little Cottonwood Creek and the Duchesne River system. Both are running extremely high and dangerous.

“Don’t even go near them. They are the most dangerous places in the state in the next two weeks,” he said.

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