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Clean-up begins in Utah flooding

But warmer weather may create more flooding headaches for soggy residents.

MURRAY CITY, UT | June 9, 2010

"Sandbags, volunteers and a few pumps have made a world of difference"

—Doug Hill, Murray City

Many Salt Lake County residents are cleaning up from flooding this week as thousands of other residents are warily watching the weather and swollen streams.

County Flood Control officials said late Tuesday the flooding threat along the eastern Wasatch Front will be high into Thursday.

National Weather Service forecasters are predicting the warm weather that has been responsible for this week's flooding will return Wednesday prompting more flood warnings. The warm weather has been melting snow that's in the high mountains.

Many residents who live near Little Cottonwood and Big Cottonwood Creeks were carrying outside the contents of basements Tuesday following the unwelcome flooding.

It was the worst flooding reported in the region since 1983 according to local officials.

Doug Hill, Public Services Director in Murray City, credits more than 1,000 volunteers and city employees who spent hours sandbagging homes and other buildings, with keeping flood waters out. "Sandbags, volunteers and a few pumps have made a world of difference down here at Murray Park."

Snowmelt flooding was also reported this week in Wyoming and Colorado. In Fremont County National Guard troops have been helping evacuate residents and distribute sandbags.

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