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Flood watch issued for Tooele, Salt Lake Counties and Myton area

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A flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for Salt Lake and Tooele Valleys, including Little Cottonwood Creek in Salt Lake County. (FILE Photo: KUTV)

A flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for Salt Lake and Tooele Valleys, including Little Cottonwood Creek.

Brian McInerney, a hydrologist for the NWS of Salt Lake, told 2News in the next two days it is anticipated the cubic-feet-per-second (CFS) of water to rise to the 700 level.

At an 800 level is when NWS would send a warning telling people to avoid the area. McInerney said hydrologists are monitoring the creek but in the next few days they expect it to rise.

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. It is in effect through Friday morning.

Excessive spring snowmelt runoff is expected to push Little Cottonwood Creek to near flooding flow Thursday afternoon, NWS reported.

(Click here for a map of real-time streamflow.)

Runoff is also impacting the Duchesne River in the Myton area. A flood watch for that area is from Thursday through Monday, June 17.

The Duchesne County Road Department, working in conjunction with the Duchesne County Office of Fire and Emergency Management, is delivering sand to the American Legion building in Myton, 375 N. Center Street, for the public to use in sandbags.

Bags can be purchased at farm supply and hardware stores. Private property owners are responsible for taking steps to protect their property and are urged to do so at this time, the Duchesne County Sheriff's Office stated in a Facebook post.

Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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