Provo Canyon campers fear more flood damage


PROVO CANYON (ABC4 Utah News) – Campers along the Provo River fear more damage from roaring water being released from Deer Creek Reservoir.

The water rushes down a spillway from Deer Creek Reservoir Dam into the river. It’s being released to create more space in the reservoir for spring runoff but some of the water has ended up flooding a lot at the Deer Creek RV Park and damaging a storage shed.

Nancy Hansen owns a RV that’s parked just a short distance away.
“I was just totally shocked to see that much water there was up around their place,” Hansen said.

The assistant park manager says the owners of the lot were not there Wednesday and couldn’t have done anything even if they had been. The fate of the property is in the hands of Mother Nature and the Bureau of Reclamation which manages the reservoir.

“It’s been a nightmare,” Hansen said. “We’re camping here and we’re worried that the water’s going to come over and damage the decks or the campground. ..Had they planned a little better ahead of time and let more water out a little sooner we wouldn’t have had to have it all coming down.”

According to the National Weather Service, was at 9.7 feet Wednesday evening. That’s above flood stage which is 9.65. It’s projected to stay above flood stage for at least the rest of the month while the campers watch and wait with their fingers crossed.

“Obviously we can move our trailers if we have to but we sure don’t want to,” RV owner Julie Wilkinson said. “So we’re anxious, we’re hoping that this is as deep as it gets.”

The National Weather Service says the river will remain at flood stage through at least Friday morning.

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