Kaysville official provides update on flooding in Orchard Ridge
Apr 13, 2023, 9:30 PM
KAYSVILLE, Utah — It didn’t take long for the spring flooding to begin. And one of the first communities to be hit hard was Kaysville.
Flooding began Wednesday morning in the area of Orchard Ridge, just off US-89, where roughly 20 homes were evacuated as a precaution. Additionally, a large sinkhole has formed as a result of the flooding.
Josh Belnap, public works director for Kaysville, joined Jeff Caplan’s Afternoon News Thursday to discuss the latest on the situation.
“We’ve got quite the situation up there in the Orchard Ridge subdivision,” Belnap said.
Kaysville flooding: flow remains consistent
He says the relatively new subdivision suffered some erosion to some of the roadways, creating for some “pretty significant devastation.”
“Yesterday, our efforts were mainly focused on trying to control where the flow of water was going,” he said. “So that we could limit the damage in front of these homes from worsening.”
Belnap says Thursday was spent trying to get some of the system functioning “so that we’re not sending this problem somewhere else.”
Caplan asked, “Has the flow slowed? Have you been able to get rid of the mud.”
“The flows have remained fairly consistent,” Belnap said. “You do see some fluctuation.”
He says the rule of thumb is the highest runoff is in the evenings. Snow melts during the heat of the day and it makes its way to urban areas between 8 to 12 hours later.
Belnap says the city has had crews out Thursday clearing the mud, trying to make it more passible for other parts of the subdivision.
Listen to the entire segment.
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