14,000 sandbags and counting, Provo City getting ready for floods

Apr 14, 2023, 3:30 PM

Tens of thousands of sandbags are being filled in Provo in preparation for upcoming floods. (Credit...

Tens of thousands of sandbags are being filled in Provo in preparation for upcoming floods. (Credit: Allessandra Harris, KSL NewsRadio)

(Credit: Allessandra Harris, KSL NewsRadio)

PROVO, Utah —  Hundreds of volunteers and city officials in Provo have been working hard to fill sandbags in preparation for more flooding.

As of today over 14,000 sandbags have been filled, helping the state reach its goal of 100,000 sandbags filled by May 1. 

These sandbags are currently sitting on pallets at the Provo public works yard.

“We haven’t started deploying them yet because we are watching the canyons to know where’s the first area that we need to respond to. So right now, it’s mostly preparation, get them on the trucks, and then let’s see what happens in the next couple of days,” says Dave Decker, the Public Works Director for Provo City. 

Flooding in the Provo area is most likely to come from its three main canyons: Provo Canyon, Slate Canyon, and Rock Canyon.

Most of the water that will come from the mountains will ultimately end up in Utah Lake, surpassing its compromise level of approximately 10 feet. 

Where the water comes down and its speed will depend on how quickly temperatures rise over the next several weeks.

What to do to stay safe

Government and city officials are urging citizens to do several things to stay safe as floods increase:

  1. Check local flood maps to see if your home is in a high-risk area
  2. Create an emergency escape plan if flooding does occur at or around your home
  3. Do mitigation work around your own home to prevent flooding
  4. Keep children, pets, and yourself away from high flowing rivers and streams
  5. Get flood insurance if you are located in a high-risk area
  6. Volunteer filling sand bags

Decker says one of the most important things is to stay away from rivers right now. At least until levels are back to safe levels.

“Be really careful. It would be very difficult to try and pull somebody out of the river even where it’s at today.”

Related reading


We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Utah Flood Watch

Record snowpack and increasing temperatures have prompted Sandy City Mayor Monica Zoltanski to issu...

Simone Seikaly

Citing rising rivers, Sandy Mayor issues emergency declaration

Of particular concern is the potential for flooding in Little Cottonwood, portions of Dry Creek, Little Willow, and Big Willow Creeks.

3 days ago

The National Weather Service still has numerous flood warnings and other advisories in place across...

Adam Small

Some rivers exit flood stage as spring runoff draws closer to an end

More rivers and creeks are exiting flood stage, some for the first time in weeks indicating an end of this year's flood season.

3 days ago

A citizen snapped a photo of the kneeboarder a week prior to Jackson-Koeven's sighting....


Warning signs posted after kneeboarder seen on swift runoff

Authorities in Murray are warning of the dangers of swift waters after a man was seen kneeboarding in Little Cottonwood Creek.

3 days ago


Andrew Adams

Hydrologist optimistic about Salt Lake County runoff picture as thunderstorm threat looms

Hydrologist, Brian McInerney, most of the significant creeks in Salt Lake County appear to be trending in a positive direction.

4 days ago

brad wilson is pictured speaking...

Mark Jones

How will the $40 million in flood mitigation be used?

Where is the $40 million in flood mitigation being spent. It's a topic that Dave and Dujanovic discuss Thursday with House Speaker Brad Wilson.

8 days ago

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson has issued a state of emergency after spring runoff that lead t...

Simone Seikaly

Salt Lake County mayor feeling positive as watch for Memorial Day flooding begins

Highs will hit the 80s over Memorial Day weekend, and Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson says water crews are ready for flooding.

9 days ago

Sponsored Articles

close up of rose marvel saliva blooms in purple...

Shannon Cavalero

Drought Tolerant Perennials for Utah

The best drought tolerant plants for Utah can handle high elevations, alkaline soils, excessive exposure to wind, and use of secondary water.

Group of cheerful team members high fiving each other...

Visit Bear Lake

How To Plan a Business Retreat in Bear Lake This Spring

Are you wondering how to plan a business retreat this spring? Read our sample itinerary to plan a team getaway to Bear Lake.

Cheerful young woman writing an assignment while sitting at desk between two classmates during clas...

BYU EMBA at the Marriott School of Business

Hear it Firsthand: 6 Students Share Their Executive MBA Experience at BYU’s Marriott School of Business

The Executive MBA program at BYU offers great opportunities. Hear experiences straight from students enrolled in the program.

Skier being towed by a rider on a horse. Skijoring....

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking for a New Winter Activity? Try Skijoring in Bear Lake

Skijoring is when someone on skis is pulled by a horse, dog, animal, or motor vehicle. The driver leads the skiers through an obstacle course over jumps, hoops, and gates.

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...

Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer.

Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy.

14,000 sandbags and counting, Provo City getting ready for floods