Cities near recent wildfire burn scars prepare for possible flooding

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Several cities across the state are preparing for flooding after the National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for most of the state.

The watch goes into effect at 3 p.m. on Monday for the southern part of the state and 6 a.m. Tuesday for the rest of the state.

Officials at the National Weather Center say slot canyons, dry washes, and areas near recent burn scars are most at risk for flooding.

As a result, several cities near recent fire burn scars are filling sandbags.

In Salt Lake County, officials have begun filling sandbags to protect the area near Rose Canyon and Yellow Canyon after the recent wildfire.

Tuesday through Wednesday those living in Draper are invited to bring their own shovel to the Andy Ballard Arena located at 1651 East Highland Drive to fill empty sandbags in preparation for the storm.

Beginning Tuesday, October 2nd, people in Herriman are welcome to pick up sandbags in the west parking lot of Butterfield Park located at 6212 Butterfield Park Way.

In Bountiful, people can pick up sand bags (or help build them) at the Bountiful Streets Department at 950 South 200 West, but officials are asking that you please check in at the front office first.

Those living in Utah County near Elk Ridge are placed more than 20,000 sandbags around the area Monday. Their efforts continued Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Payson City officials and volunteers gathered at Orchard Hills Ball Park located at 700 South 800 West to fill sandbags. The machines that were brought stopped and they are asking for volunteers to bring a shovel and gloves.

In Santaquin, the city is providing sand and bags for anyone who would like to create their own sandbags to help prevent flooding of homes.

The supplies are located at the Public Works Building at 1215 North Center Street.

For the handicapped or elderly who may need assistance with sandbagging, the city asks that you call 801-754321.

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