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Preparing for Floods in Utah

By May 14, 2011 No Comments

The snow-capped mountains above our home


We’ve had a record breaking snowfall in Utah this year which has caused potential flooding problems in some areas. We live in a beautiful neighborhood in Farmington on the bench of the Wasatch Mountains. Shepherd Creek runs close by, and I love to hear the water at night. Our situation is not the worst that others will face. It is sad to hear the stories about the Mississippi floods. Plans are underway to secure our area by cleaning out debris in the creek, and placing sandbags where needed.

As I sat at daughter number 2’s track meet yesterday in the 70 degree heat, and then sat at daughter number 3’s track meet today in the 75 degree heat, I looked up at our beautiful snow-packed mountains and shook my head. I know some of my readers think I’m “already there,” but I’m not. I strongly believe that it is better to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. So I’m working harder to become better prepared. First goal is to read more about flood safety. Hope you find these links useful too.

Know the Difference

Flood/Flash FloodWatch—Flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area.

Flood/Flash FloodWarning—Flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.

FLOOD SAFETY LINKS

Red Cross Flooding Checklist

FEMA Are you ready? Floods

KSL Live 5 Weather: River Flow Tracker (Utah) – this link shows various streams and rivers being watched