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Governor declares state of emergency due to flooding

By Sheena Mcfarland The Salt Lake Tribune

Published June 27, 2011 12:00 pm
This is an archived article that was published on in 2011, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.
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Gov. Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency in Utah on Monday because of flooding from melting snow.

The declaration will allow state resources to be used in flood-relief efforts.

According to the governor's news release, there are six counties, six cities and one tribe that have made their own emergency declarations because of the flooding.

A spike in temperatures over the next few days has led the National Weather Service to expand its flood watches to several and waterways in Salt Lake and Utah counties through Thursday.

A flood watch, which means flooding is predicted in the forecast, is in effect for Big Cottonwood Creek, American Fork Creek and the Provo River near Woodland from Tuesday evening through Thursday morning.

Big Cottonwood Creek is expected to hit flood stage Tuesday night and have its highest, swiftest flows of the year Wednesday night.

American Fork Creek is expected to hit "bank-full" Tuesday night and exceed flood stage Wednesday night.

The Provo River near Woodland is expected to hit flood stage for the first time this year on Tuesday night.

Temperatures will be ticking upward through the week, with the high on Monday near 90 degrees and in the mid-90s by Tuesday. Temperatures will be in the through the week, with a slight chance of rain Wednesday night into Thursday.

Other flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service:

• Little Cottonwood Creek is under warning until 2:15 p.m. Thursday.

• Northern Duchesne County until 1:30 p.m. Monday.

• The Logan River until 1 p.m. Friday.

• The upper Weber River in southwest Summit County until 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.

• The Green River in Daggett and Uintah counties until further notice.

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