Cottonwood Heights offers sand bags for residents as runoff looms

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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC4 News) – Every Wednesday through May, Cottonwood Heights is offering free sandbags to residents with concerns about potential flooding.

In the past, Little and Big Cottonwood Creeks have risen and even flooded during Spring runoff.

“We had sandbags filled, I know our neighbors filled sandbags,” said Steph Payne, a Cottonwood Heights resident.

Every Wednesday night from 4 to 7 p.m., residents can pick up sandbags at the Public Works yard in Cottonwood Heights.

“With the amount of snowpack along the Wasatch Front this year, it obviously presents a concern,” said Paul Brenneman, Emergency Manager for Cottonwood Heights.

Along the lower sections of Little Cottonwood Creek, sandbags have already been staged.

“We’ve had a lot of volunteer groups here in the community that have stepped forward, and come forward to fill these sandbags,” said Payne.

The message for residents is to be prepared — just in case.

“Fill some sandbags, fill as many as you think you need, get ‘em in place, it won’t hurt. You can always get rid of them, but if it’s happening — if you started in the middle of a flood session — it’s tough to catch up,” said Payne.

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