Crews Prepare as Water Levels Rise

OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Parts of Northern Utah continue to flood as water levels rise on multiple rivers. Even cities not flooded are preparing for the worst. Crews are hoping for relief with dropping temperatures.

The Ogden River is at record levels for this time of year, and is causing some concern. It's not expected to hit flood stage. Although Battalion Chief Corey Barton of Ogden City Fire said a downed tree or ice buildup could cause areas of flooding.

The fire department's swift water rescue team was measuring the speed of the water thanks to help from Ogden Police's radar gun. They say knowing how fast the water is going could mean the difference in an emergency.

"It gives us an idea of how far down river to set up and find them," said Barton.

Fire fighters were called out two days earlier after report of a kayaker who was knocked into the water.

"Hit a tree and got hung up with his helmet," said Barton. "That flipped him under and ripped his helmet off, sucked him under the water and ripped him out of the kayak."

The man was okay and was able to get himself out. The Ogden River is popular for kayakers, and even in these dangerous conditions still attracts thrill seekers.

Crews are asking people to keep their distance, and stay safe while the river is at these levels.

Martin Hidlebaugh has lived in Ogden for 10 years and said he's never seen the river this high or moving so fast.

"It's raging I've never seen this much water flowing through here," said Hidlebaugh.

Even though he lives a block away from the river he's not too worried about flooding.

Emergency Responders are hope dropping temperatures will refreeze the snowpack to slow or stop the flooding.

The forecast does call for more rain in certain areas.


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