BOX ELDER COUNTY - March 10, 2023
Box Elder County is urging citizens to prepare for potential residential flooding as warmer weather is forecasted along with 10 days of rain and snow. Sandbags are available at the following locations.
Sandbags are available for Tremonton residents and can be picked up free of charge during office hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the city offices (102 S. Tremont St.) Limited 10 bags per residence. After hours, from 5 to 9 p.m. or on weekends, you can pick up bags from the fire department. Knock on the east door of the fire station or call (435) 257-9520. If nobody answers, they may be on an emergency call. Sand is available free of charge, south of the police station, next to the tennis courts. Bring your own shovel.
Empty sandbags and bulk sand are available at the compost facility at 820 N. Watery Lane. Residents can fill bags at the site and pay $1 per filled bag. Facility staff will not fill the bags and residents should bring their own shovels.
Volunteers are needed to help fill sandbags. Respond to the LDS Church parking lot at 80 N. 100 W., in Willard at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 11. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves and shovels.
Tremonton City also posted the following steps to avoid residential flooding on their Facebook page.
1. Remove snow around window wells. The closer the snow is to a home, the greater the damage posed to the structural foundation of your home. Clear snow away from the proximity of your home (about 5-10 feet).
2. Check clogged gutters. This is a frequently overlooked step in flooding preparation. When debris such as leaves, stick, dirt, and ice are trapped in gutters, water is blocked from running freely.
3. If possible, clear storm drain gutters. Although most gutters and drains are currently covered with snow, if possible, clear gutters from debris and snow to allow water a place to drain.
4. Consider installing a sump pump. Make sure the discharge of your sump pump is away from your home, preferable out into the gutter. It is against the law for sump pumps and foundation drains to discharge into the sanitary sewer system. Make sure the backwater valve on your home's sewer system is functioning. If rising water becomes an issue, plug floor drains in your basement.
5. If a flood watch is in effect. Move vehicles and other belongings to higher ground.
6. Sandbags can be useful by redirecting water away from your home, business, or other valuable buildings.
Garland City's also released the following information on March 10.