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Officials Preparing for Flooding, Mudslides

Officials Preparing for Flooding, Mudslides



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Amanda Butterfield reporting Davis County Public Works employees are watching the weather forecast closely. If it stays like this, there should be no problems.

But if mixed with water, this warm weather could cause flooding, even mudslides all along the Wasatch Front.

The entire Wasatch Fronts' snowpack is 125 percent of normal. With 60 degree temperatures, the snow has already begun to melt. Add a rainstorm on top of that, and it could result in flooded storm channels, blocked culverts, swollen creeks, and plenty of flooded basements for residents.

Right now employees have been cleaning debris in basins and channels -- hoping that if rain does come, it will flow smoothly.

For residents worried about their homes, there is something to do.

Thomas Smith/Davis County Public Works Director: "For people who have things built in creek channels, picnic tables, thing loose, wood move it up out of the channel.

Mudslides are also a concern. Because of all the wet weather this past fall, the soil on the mountain sides is already saturated and can't absorb any more water. So if heavy rain comes, then the mountainsides could give way.

If you worried about your home, there is a another way to be prepared: Get some sandbags ready. You can pick them up at Davis County Public works.

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