Police & Fire

Severe storms, heavy rain cause flash flood in Coalville

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — On Thursday, Summit County saw major thunderstorms roll through the area accompanied with heavy rainfall, causing flooding to occur across the valley. Summit County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call that day to assist with a flash flood that affected the area of East Chalk Creek Road continuing up the canyon to South Fork.

Deputies found large portions of Chalk Creek Road washed out upon arrival, and closed the roadway to allow the county road department to clear the affected sections.

If motorists find themselves stranded or affected by a flash flood event, Captain Andrew Wright gave Townlift a few tips to help prevent unwanted outcomes.

“Avoid walking or driving in fast-moving large amounts of water (a newly created river). If your house is in the path, get to higher ground and call for help. We would activate search and rescue, and the county emergency manager will get involved to send resources. It’s also important to have a ‘grab bag’ of important items/documents if it’s severe enough to call for evacuations. And if water is getting high enough to jeopardize your house, shutting off utilities can be beneficial and create some safety. Also, stay tuned to local social media and media for updates and instructions,” said Captain Wright.

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