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Monday, May 30, 2011

Flooding Causes Travel Problems In Some Areas

Heavy rain fell over many parts of Utah during the Memorial Day weekend, causing rivers to rise and flood some areas.

Sunshine and warmer temperatures are forecast for the rest of the week, and that may actually increase the flood danger because it will start high-elevation snowmelt cascading down our waterways.

Interstate and other major highways are in good shape but some secondary highways could be affected.

All Utah streams and rivers are running high and fast, and have very cold water. Take care if you are traveling or recreating near any waterway.

SR 39 along the south side of Pineview Reservoir has been closed temporarily because soggy soil is allowing rocks to slide down onto the roadway. People traveling to or from Huntsville will need to take SR 158 and loop north around the reservoir, or use state Route 167, the Trapper's Loop Highway. (The road may reopen later Tuesday.)

Major flooding trouble spots are pinpointed on the map on this website:

The map also shows flow rates for major streams through the state. That information can be very valuable as you plan water-related activities.

Significant flood problems are reported or predicted for the following areas:
- Weber River at Gateway
- Lost Creek above Croyden
- Little Bear River at Paradise
- Sevier River near Hatch
- Colorado River Near State Line
- Green River at Jensen
- Ogden River below Pineview Reservoir
- South Fork Ogden River near Huntsville
- Black's Fork Near Little America in Wyoming


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