keeping a close eye on Blacksmith Fork
By Shauna Smith
May 1, 2006 | MILLVILLE -- If you
are headed to Millville any time soon, be prepared to
travel through a pool of water on your way in.
If you turn onto 200 South from Highway 165 you will
see flood waters invading both sides of the road leaving
a tightened roadway between. Despite efforts to prevent
the free flow of rising water levels, 200 South may
have to be rerouted.
Over the past month, city council members have been
discussing what to do about the expected floods. They
had volunteers, including youth and adults, fill sandbags
in preparation. Some of these sandbags, which were placed
around the overflowing drains on 200 South, now lie
in the middle of the large puddles on either side of
Flooding is expected to be worse than in 2005, said
Gary Larsen, Millville maintenance superintendent. The
council is waiting for requests from residents for sandbags,
but in the mean time is looking to place them on properties
that had spillovers last year.
Larsen has been keeping track of water levels of the
Blacksmith Fork River by using KSL's online river forecast,
which he uses to keep the city council updated.
On April 28, levels of the Blacksmith Fork River reached
6.38 feet. If levels reach 6.5 feet they will be at
the bankfull stage, which is the stage at which a stream
first overflows its natural banks. If levels reach 7
feet they have approached the flood stage which is when
the water starts causing damage.
KSL's river forecast predicts the Blacksmith Fork
River will reach the bankfull stage around May 2, but
has no flooding in the forecast yet. The National Weather
Service currently has no flood warning either.