office busy mitigating potential flooding
By David Baker
April 19, 2006 | LOGAN -- Instead
of speculating about potential flooding, the Cache County
Sheriff's Office is trying to minimize flood damage by
preparing for whatever may happen, Lt. Matt Bilodeau said
Tuesday. They have already taken several steps to get
Bilodeau said one step was removing a "huge haystack
of wood" -- 25 loads full -- from the Blacksmith Fork
River one mile up Blacksmith Fork Canyon. If the debris
had made it downstream, it may have damaged bridges
and could have made any flooding even worse, he said.
Another step was taken in Nibley, just off of Hollow
Road. Bilodeau said they dredged the Blacksmith Fork
in that area to avoid an increased flood hazard. A sandbar
was diverting the water in a direction that could have
compromised the river's bank, and caused flood waters
to spill into an irrigation canal system, which could
have caused two sides of Nibley to flood, he said.
Along with actively mitigating potential flooding,
the Sheriff's Office is trying to prepare the public
to deal with potential flood conditions. Bilodeau said
inmates at the Cache County Jail have filled sandbags,
and the information for their distribution is on the
Sheriff's Office Web site, which is www.cachesheriff.com.
The Web site also provides steps to take before, during
and after a flood.