Northern Utah residents prepared for potential flooding this weekend

Posted at 4:56 PM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 23:47:10-05

NORTHERN UTAH -- Box Elder County residents could be in for a long weekend, with more possible flooding on the way.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for parts of northern Utah, an area that has already been saturated with water due to recent snow and rain storms.

Just a week ago, many residents found a foot of water or more in their basements, and have been trying to pump the water out since then.

Garland resident Clain Jess Archibald said his basement only saw minor flooding with little damage.

Still, the warning for this weekend has he and his wife, Carma, prepared. Archibald bought two more sump pumps in addition to the one he already has installed.

"Just for emergencies in case we needed them," he said. "We don't know how much longer that one may last."

The warm temperatures and expected rain this weekend will likely melt snow pack that's already on farm fields and in the hills and mountains above those fields, making for another round of high water.

“They have had so much basement flooding and field flooding, that it’s just going to pump up the water in that area and cause them a little more problems,” said Brian McInerney, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service

Plus, there's expected rain.

“Any kind of rain event that’s of any intensity is really going to make these issues come back, and they’re going to feel more pain,” McInerney said.

He said the areas under the flood warning can expect to see waterlogged basements, fields and roadways-- especially for areas that flooded last time around.

Box Elder County Commissioner Stan Summers said three pumps are still running throughout the county. He said some areas of Grouse Creek saw high waters on Thursday. Pictures show roads and fields covered in water.

He's advising residents to prepare themselves by buying sump pumps, shop vacs and stocking up on sandbags. Tens of thousands of sandbags are on standby at the Box Elder County Fairgrounds.

For Archibald, it's a wait-and-see game.

"We'll be watching," he said, adding that he's been checking his basement, "two/three times a day."