Addressing Flooding Concerns
There has been a lot of news lately about flooding concerns throughout the State. These are almost exclusively in areas where there are multiple feet of snow on the ground. When the snow is then rained on, it can cause what is called "sheet flow" or sheet flooding". This is not as concerning for us here in Kaysville due to the lack of snow pack on the ground. Certainly there may be some areas that have more snow than others, but we are fortunate to not have the snow amounts that other cities have received. We therefore do not anticipate any significant flooding in Kaysville at this time. As a result, we do not have sandbags to distribute to residents, nor do we currently have locations where people could fill sandbags.
We are continuing to monitor NOAA information for snowpack, density and temperatures, as well as continuing to coordinate with Davis County Flood Control. NOAA has indicated that they are expecting a cooler than average spring, however, we know that current lack of elevated concerns does not mean that there won't be concern in the future as we move through the next few months. Both Kaysville and Davis County Staff are monitoring various culverts, creeks, ditches and basins. If we feel there is a likely chance of higher than normal temperatures, Davis County and the City may may sandbags available and/or set up bag-filling stations in advance, but it is not in our current plans to do so.
Residents seeking sandbags can purchase pre-filled bags at stores like Lowe's, Home Depot, Tractor Supply, and Ace Hardware. We recommend calling to verify availability with these stores first.
If you have concerns regarding creeks within the city, individuals can reach out to Davis County Public Works who manages most of the main creek beds within the city.
What Residents Can Do to Help Prevent Flooding
- Check the storm grates in your neighborhood to make sure the yare clear of leaves and debris. Clean out the gutter in front of your home as well.
- Double-check your rain gutters around your home and make sure any water is flowing away from the house.
- Check to make sure your sump pump is working correctly and consider having a backup.
- If you have a water way in your backyard or neighborhood, remove any obstructions or items along the stream or creek that could impede the flow of water. Keep children and pets safely away from flooded streams and creeks.