Deer Creek Dam located roughly 15 miles North and East of Provo is forecast to release large volumes of water into the Provo River beginning today (Friday, May 12). The releases are required to make space in the upstream reservoir for the spring snowmelt runoff. The Provo River is expected to reach around 1,800 cubic feet per second (CFS) with a stage near 10.30 feet by Saturday morning. Flows are anticipated to fluctuate near this volume for the foreseeable future.
Properties along the Provo River may experience minor damage due to the high water. Additionally, the river at this flow will be extremely dangerous, cold and swift. The water will be running twice as fast 6 inches below the surface. For those who may be headed outdoors, be aware of potential flooding and to stay out of closed roads, picnic areas or campgrounds and watch children at all times. Do not enter the water without a personal floatation device, keep children and non-swimmers at a safe distance from the water’s edge and be aware of objects, logs, branches and other debris in the river.
If you see any snags or debris obstructing the water, please report the issue to Provo City Dispatch at 801-852-6210 immediately.
Spring Run-off Preparations
Pumps and other equipment have been inspected and refurbished to be ready to respond. Stockpiles of sandbags and sand have been replenished and inspections and maintenance of the Provo River has been performed to maximize capacity.
Members of the Provo Fire Department will be distributing fliers to the homes along the Provo River bottom areas starting this morning. We also have plans to activate Provo’s reverse 9-1-1 if needed. If you haven’t signed up to receive emergency alerts, this is a great time to do so. Check out my previous blog post for instructions and to get signed up.
Provo City has sandbags, shovels and sand available to the public at the Public Works yard – South East corner of the compound, 1740 S Industrial Parkway. Residents will need to fill their own bags.
The Central Utah Water Conservancy District has a great website where you can monitor stream flows. Check out the Provo river’s current data at data.cuwcd.com.
Another great resource is ready.gov/floods. It outlines what actions to take when you receive a flood watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a flood.
Please be safe, smart, and extra cautious.