WASATCH COUNTY, Utah, May 12, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for western Wasatch County and central Utah County for the Provo River below Deer Creek Reservoir.
The river is forecast to remain above flood stage until Monday morning, according to NWS.
Deer Creek Dam is about 15 miles north and east of Provo. The Provo Mayor’s Office website posted a warning to residents and visitors that the dam was scheduled to release a great deal of water into the Provo River starting Friday to create space in the reservoir for spring snowmelt runoff. The post states:
“Properties along the Provo River may experience minor damage due to the high water. Additionally, the river at this flow will be extremely dangerous, cold and swift. The water will be running twice as fast 6 inches below the surface.
“For those who may be headed outdoors, be aware of potential flooding and to stay out of closed roads, picnic areas or campgrounds and watch children at all times.”
It is advised to keep children and non-swimmers at a safe distance from the water’s edge and be aware of various objects, logs, branches and other debris in the river.
It is also important to keep pets away from the water, so they won’t be swept away by the current. If a dog does get into the water, officials advise that you do not enter the water to get the animal. Dogs are generally able to get out and onto shore by themselves.