Monday, June 13, 2011

Governor's Flood Briefing

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by Michael Orton
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updated June 14, 2011

Sevier County, Utah -

Governor Herbert was in Sevier County last week to survey flooding preparedness and damage during what may prove to be one of the worst floods since 1983. Sheriff Nate Curtis began the briefing in the county administration building on Main Street after the governor had enjoyed lunch at the Ideal Dairy. Commissioners Topham and Mason were on hand as were other public officials and at least one canal company operator.

After receiving a photo presentation, the governor went to view, first-hand, the areas including Seegmiller Lane, 3900 West and Sevier River Road. The Sevier River drainage has been compromising riverbanks and canals for the past few weeks, and there's still snowpack left in the higher elevations. Mount Ogden's Snow Basin is extending their ski season at the upper elevations of Weber County where more overflows and damage are yet to come down below.

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Utah Governor Herbert in Sevier County
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Before Governor Herbert finished his survey of flooding along the Sevier River Road, he was asked if he thought having a ten-year water plan would be a good idea. His response was that reclamation funding is hard to come by, given that the "federal government is getting out of the dam building business." Further implications for the Narrows Project of the Sanpete Water Conservancy District were left to speculation. More information.

Update

June 14, 2011

From the NWS hydrologist, Brian McInerney who said that now we're in a race. "Will we have hot, summer temps first, or will we run out of snow?"

Heaven knows.

1 comment:

  1. The problem is that those things will come very suddenly, and unexpectedly,
    and in a very short time. "Only Heavens know when"...
    People very often aren't prepared for the struggle with water and in this situation it is really very hard to give the helpful hints immediately.

    Hope it will be soon better

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