SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - What a difference a year makes, twelve months ago we were on flood watch. This year it is the complete opposite and we could soon have new water worries.
This spring we haven't seen much rain and its been pretty hot, but things still look pretty green. For that we can thank last year's floods.
Exactly one year ago, Little Cottonwood Creek was just barely staying within its banks. Today it is a totally different story.
State Hydrologist Brian McInerney told ABC4 News, "Last year we were in full flood mode, wee had flood warnings through July 20. This year it was difficult to see when the runoff started and even stopped."
Today Little Cottonwood Creek is pretty low, just like the rest of the rivers in our state.
McInerney said, "We had a dry fall, a low snow pack and it melted early, three scenarios were against us and we put together a small run off."
While we are seeing record high temperatures and low moisture; why aren't we facing bigger problems? Thank Utah's reservoirs and last year's rain filling them past capacity.
McInerney said, "We had a really bad year, but the reservoir system saved us and we have okay water supply for this year."
Bottom line, we will make it through this year just fine. But if we have another dry year we could have serious issues.