Utah sees flooding

One northern Utah town bore the brunt of flooding earlier this week as warm temperatures melted the heavy mountain snow pack.

BY HEATHER MOYER | MORGAN, Utah | March 2, 2006


One northern Utah town bore the brunt of flooding earlier this week as warm temperatures melted the heavy mountain snow pack.

Flooding affected at least 20 homes in Morgan, a town of 2,600 people some 40 miles north of Salt Lake City The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported that high water inundated parts of Morgan near the Weber River. FEMA officials say some homes had water as high as two feet inside.

The unseasonably warm temperatures are melting a snow pack in the nearby mountains that is at 150% above normal. A recent heavy snowstorm also contributed to the flooding.

More snow is predicted for the weekend, but officials are worried that more warm temperatures next week will only add to the flooding woes. Weather officials told FEMA that the ground is still frozen and the local waterways are unable to hold all the water produced by the melting snow.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to creep back up into the 50s by Monday.


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