Residents living near, or downstream, from areas burned in the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires should be prepared as storms approach Utah County. Debris flows, mudslides, and flooding are possible.
*** PRESS RELEASE *** October 1, 2018: While great progress has been made in suppressing recent fires, approaching storms will create significant risks for residents below the areas that burned during the fires. The location and occurrence of debris flows and flooding are difficult to predict with certainty, making it critical that people be prepared for whatever may happen. Also, stay up to date with latest weather and warnings by following local news outlets. With the approaching storm, everyone should consider the following information in planning for emergencies:
--Those who have basements should consider not sleeping in or using them until these storms pass.
--Be prepared to evacuate or move to higher ground at a moment’s notice. Advance notification is not always possible with debris flows and mudslides.
--Do NOT attempt to cross moving floods or debris flows, even if they have stopped moving.
--If you encounter a situation where lives or safety are at risk, or if you become stranded, call 911.
The following evacuations and closures are still in place:
--Santaquin Canyon is closed.
--Payson Canyon is closed.
--Nebo Loop Road at SR-132 in Nephi Canyon is closed.
--Right Fork Hobble Creek Canyon is closed.
--Diamond Fork, Sheep Creek, and Right Fork Hobble Creek Canyon. ***Sheep Creek Road is open to traffic.
--Left Fork Hobble Creek Canyon is under PRE-evacuation notice.
--Mandatory evacuation order has been lifted for Covered Bridge. Pre-evacuation remains in place. Residents here may return at their own discretion. Emergency Management officials recommend that residents do not sleep in basements until the after the storm system has passed because of the potential risks created should there be a debris flow or flooding.
To receive alerts and updates in your area go to this website: alerts.utahcounty.gov. The information to set up an account is easy to follow. Also follow your city Facebook or other social media page, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, and/or Sergeant Spencer Cannon’s Twitter account @SGTCannonPIO.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff’s Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: @SGTCannonPIO