Flood Watch Warning - Little Cottonwood

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Flood Watch!

Little Cottonwood & many Sandy streams & canals are peaking the week of June 6 - 16, 2019.

Please call 911 or 801- 352-4400 to report flooding.


Little Cottonwood is projected to come close to but not reach flood stage. Bell Canyon should peak this weekend also. Residents should have a heightened awareness of possible flooding and follow the cautionary tips below. Public Utilities storm water crews have been and will continue their daily patrols through the weekend, with all crews ready to mobilize in the unlikely event something major occurs.

While we do not expect it to flood, these flows are nearly 3 times what our community has seen in Little Cottonwood or our other streams for over 10 years. Many residents may have forgotten, and new homeowners may have never seen high flows. Channel changes and vegetation growth accumulation over the past 10 years is cause for concern. Two main issues are channel erosion putting yards/homes at risk, or debris flows jamming up and causing flooding. Sandy City’s storm water crews inspect trouble areas and clean grates daily. Fortunately, according to the weather report, the precipitation forecast is pretty dry and it will cool off latter part of weekend.

Here’s what Sandy citizens can do to be prepared:

  • Property Elevation: Prepare for potential flooding by knowing the elevation of your property in relation to waterways and understand the surrounding areas and their tendency for heavy runoff.
  • Sandbags & Clearing Out Waterways: Deploy sandbags where appropriate and clean out any debris or vegetation from small waterways if they are on your property. Residents who may be concerned about flooding can pick up free sandbags at the Sandy City Public Utilities Building located at 9150 South 150 East during regular business hours (7 am - 3:30 pm, Monday - Friday). Sand bags will be staged at our gates for after-hour pick-up.
  • If a flood is possible, move your valuables to a higher elevation just in case.
  • Refresh your 72-hour kits in the event you have to leave your home quickly.

Children and Pets

  • Make sure you keep an extra eye on your children and pets around rivers and streams and observe running water from a safe distance.

Sign Up for Notifications

  • CityServe App: Download CityServe to receive city emergency notifications
  • Reverse 911: Don’t forget to register your cell phones for the Reverse 911 system so you receive alerts of problems in your area. Sign up for Reverse 911
  • Public Utilities Contact:Please call 911 or the Sandy Public Utilities Department at 801-352-4400 if you experience flooding or need sandbags