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Monday, June 07, 2010

Stream Flooding Prompts Warnings in Northern Utah

Hot temperatures are causing mountain snow to melt quickly, raising stream levels and causing flood danger in some areas.

Little Cottonwood Creek in particular is raging right now and has flooded in spots. Murray Park has standing water, along with some homes and nearby businesses. In Little Cottonwood Canyon, officials are warning people to stay away from the stream. That restricts access to some trails and recreation areas.

Little Cottonwood Creek drains the area around Alta and Snowbird ski resorts, SE of Salt Lake City.

Fox13 news has this report:

"We got rivers and streams that are just ripping right now," said National Weather Service Hydrologist Brian McInerney. "It's frightening to get next to it. It's so fast and so turbulent as it comes out of the canyon."

Water spilling over from the creek has flooded Murray Park. Several families living in apartments and townhomes in Holladay have also been told to leave their homes due to the high water. Flooding has also been reported in parts of Summit County.

ABC4 news has this report:

Murray Park is drenched with water after Little Cottonwood Creek Overflowed Sunday Night.

The water has saturated the area, and is reportedly between three and four feet deep in places. We're told now that due to flood waters, 5100 South and State Street in Murray has been restricted to one lane.

There is also flooding in other areas including the Weber River in Summit County. As of right now no structures are threatened. There is also flooding in Lehi, Provo, and American Fork.

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