Open Letter to PG Residents on Spring Run-off Preparations
Pleasant Grove City has initiated several spring snowpack runoff preparation projects. Please check www.pgcity.org often for up-dated information. See the FAQ section for answers to frequently asked questions that you might have concerning this year’s spring runoff preparations.
We will also be giving updates via our Twitter account (@plesasantgroveut at www.twitter.com). In an emergency situation, this Twitter account will be giving real-time updates as the situation progresses. If you would like to monitor the snowpack and water conditions on the Timpanogos Divide, you can visit the following website: http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/nwcc/site?sitenum=820&state=ut
Spring Run-off Up-date, May 24, 2011
The last few weeks have had very mild temperatures and even with the additional precipitation the run-off flows have remained consistent and manageable. The rain has saturated the ground, but has not added too much to the run-off flows coming down the mountain streams.
A few small adjustments are yet to be made on the pipeline running down 500 North, but aside from that work, we feel we are as ready as we have ever been for the spring run-off. We understand that we are not out of the woods yet. We remain vigilant and watchful - we understand Mother Nature often has a game plan of her own, but we feel we are ready.
We appreciate the volunteers that have worked so hard at cleaning the waterways in the canyons and within the city, and those that have filled the thousands of sandbags in the different areas of the city. We are so impressed and grateful for the spirit of volunteerism that exists in our community. We are extremely impressed with the willingness and the service of our CERT team members at every level.
I think it is important for you to know that personnel from every department in the city’s organization have participated in the planning and execution of the city’s run-off control measures. Each member of the team remains vigilant and ready to act in case the need for action was to present itself.
Rivers and Waterways
If you visit the trails up Grove Creek or Battle Creek Canyons, please be watchful for slides or debris dams and please report them promptly to the Pleasant Grove City Public Works Department, 801785-2941. Also, report any over flow of the rivers or streams up the canyons or in other waterways around the city to the same phone number, If it is after hours, contact the Emergency Services Dispatcher non-emergency line, (801) 785-3506; if significant property damage is imminent or if the conditions present a life safety hazard, call 911.
If you need sandbags, you may stop by the Public Works Shops and fill whatever you need.
The preparation projects are prioritized based on the critical nature and importance of the project.
Clean and tidy up all ditches, canals, catch basins, and other waterways within the runoff area. This includes cleaning sediment from the bottom of ditches. Next, shore up any areas of the ditch bank that may seem low or in need of reinforcement. The easiest way to accomplish this is to utilize the sediment from the ditch floor to build up the bank. In the absence of adequate dirt in areas of the weakness, the City has made sandbags available for use. Any brush, weeds, or trimmings should be removed and deposited in the provided dumpsters located at the rodeo grounds and at the parking areas of Grove Creek and Battle Creek canyons. Remember, even small twigs and debris can accumulate at alarming rates, impeding water flows and potentially causing damaging overflows. Click here for a map of the irrigation ditch locations.
Filling sandbags. An initial 500 sandbags have been filled and are available at the Pleasant Grove City Public Works facility, 323 West 700 South. If you have a need for sandbags you can come to this facility and fill them on your own. Other sandbag staging areas will be made available if there is an impending threat.
Sandbags are available to residents at no charge for use in protecting property. Volunteer groups will be organized as needed to fill additional sandbags.
All the stormwater grates along the streets should be cleaned with a fork or rake. Do not lift the grate and clean inside the collection box, City workers will take care of this aspect. Each resident should check around their neighborhood for these stormwater grates and collection boxes and clean them up. Click here for a stormwater collection box map.
Due to the expected runoff flows and other logistical concerns, the decision has been made to set the 40-inch pipe in place down the center of 500 North, rather than wait until flows require it. This will create the need for proper pre-planning before entering that area, as the intersections will be blocked by the pipe. The pipe will be connected to the out-flow at the corner of 500 North and Dalton Ave, blocking that intersection. It will continue down the center of 500 North and will end at the Murdock Canal, blocking that traffic lane. All East- and West-bound traffic on 500 North in that area will be affected. This area is closed to through traffic. Only local traffic will be allowed. We ask for your patience during this time. As soon as it has been determined that potential high runoff flows have passed, the pipe will be disassembled, moved and the area will be re-opened to through traffic.
If you have questions about this year’s spring snowpack runoff projects, please contact Pleasant Grove Public Works, 801-785-2941.