With the snow pack in Wasatch County at 180% of normal we would like Wasatch County, residents to prepare accordingly. Forecasters estimate the water content of our current snow pack is at 150% of normal which is concerning and may produce runoff volumes that have not been seen for some time.
This obviously causes great concern for potential flooding. Wasatch County, in conjunction with Heber City and Midway City, are recommending the public be prepared for spring runoff.
If your home is by a ditch, canal, or creek, in a flood plain, or if you have experienced flooding before – you may want to consider protective landscaping, or the purchase of sand and sandbags from the local hardware, home improvement, concrete supply, farm, tractor, and ranch supply businesses. Also make sure that if your property utilizes sump pumps that those are in good working order.
Prepare now, while you have time!
County and City Emergency Management have spoken with Latimer’s Do it Best, Timberline, Tractor Supply, and Heber Ranch about their current stock of sandbags. They all have or will have limited stocks of such supplies, and can work with you if you in ordering more quantities if they do not immediately have it. One of the most economical ways to purchase sand is through local gravel pits/aggregate providers. Staker Parsons is one such local company who is ready to help sale sand to the public. We encourage you to contact these or other merchants in your preparedness efforts or if you have questions about these type of products.
Just like carrying insurance, you must plan for what is your responsibility, and defense of personal property against flooding is the homeowner’s responsibility. Although County and City governments may be in a position to assist private property owners with some resources, severe flooding would take up resources quickly and necessitate the County and City to focus on protecting community infrastructure such as power, water, and communications before individual properties. We would encourage you to consult your local insurance agent to evaluate your flood insurance coverage.
Preparation is everyone’s responsibility. Do your part to ensure that your family and property are hardened against potential emergencies and disaster.
Continue to watch: Wasatch County, Wasatch County Emergency Management, Midway and Heber City and The Wasatch Wave’s websites and Facebook pages for updated information on potential flooding and other public safety concerns.