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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Flood Danger Eases In Many Areas

Runoff has peaked on many Utah streams. High flows will continue for a few weeks but the flood danger is now easing.

I traveled through southern Utah over the weekend and most streams were noticeable lower. However, I tried to get to Kolob Reservoir above Zion Park on Monday and could not make it because a stream was flooding the road. There is still considerable snow at high elevations so expect streams to be high and fast.

I’m an old fisherman, not a weather forecaster, so take this for what it is worth. I estimate the East Fork of the Sevier River will be fishable within a week, albeit flows will still be high. Fishing conditions should be good there by mid-June. Other southern streams will probably have similar conditions. Northern Utah streams should come down within a couple weeks.

Uinta Mountain streams will probably be high through most of June.

Rainstorms are hitting ever few days and they could bring localized flooding. At this writing, flood watches are in effect for Big and Little Cottonwood Creeks and for the Logan River.

Major highways are all open and in good condition. Secondary roads and trails in a few areas have been damaged and are being repaired.

A bridge over Diamond Fork River washed out recently, closing the Three Forks Trail east of Provo.

Before heading into the backcountry, check with local authorities to learn about current conditions in the area you intend to explore.

- Dave Webb


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