Flood advisory issued for Emigration Creek as weather warms

Sugar House Park is open for vehicles again after the pond flooded.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory Sunday morning for Emigration Creek, saying that warm temperatures Sunday and Monday and rain or snow on Tuesday will melt snowpack and cause rivers to rise.

“Flood stage” of Emigration Creek is possible Monday night into Tuesday morning, and Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the advisory states.

[Read more: What to do before, during and after a flood in Utah]

The weather forecast called for a high of 65 degrees for the Salt Lake City area on Sunday, and a high of 64 on Monday, before temperatures drop to the 40s and the weather turns snowy and rainy later in the week.

The road in Sugar House Park was also opened to vehicles again Sunday, according to an announcement from Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation. The roadway was temporarily closed around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday due to its flooded pond, which is a detention basin.

“The temporary closure to vehicle traffic is probably something we’ll experience off and on because of the snowpack levels and planned flood control measures,” said Liz Sollis, a spokesperson with the department, in an email.

The department is working with Salt Lake City Public Utilities and Salt Lake County Flood Control to redirect water around the valley to detention basins such as Sugar House Park.

“Detention basins are part of long-standing plans to mitigate and lessen the impacts of spring runoff,” a Saturday news release stated.

The water flowing across the road in the park was due to the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities’ controlled releases of water from Mountain Dell Reservoir, to make room for runoff from Parleys Creek, said Parks and Recreation.