Tremonton residents, city officials prepare for upcoming spring flooding

Mar 11, 2023, 5:10 PM | Updated: 5:55 pm

TREMONTON, Utah — It’s not that Carson Potter and his father like working on Saturdays, but they figure a little work now might save them even more work later.

“Better safe than sorry,” expressed Carson Potter.

He and his father were busy filling sandbags outside of Tremonton City Hall. They know all that when snow in the mountains and the runoff it starts to melt, it has to go somewhere. They’re worried it could get into Carson’s house.

“I went and bought a backup sump pump just in case our other one fails,” Potter said.

There is a history of flooding in Tremonton, with as much snow as the city has received this winter and a lot more still in the mountains.

What makes potential flooding in Utah this weekend different from normal runoff?

Tremonton Mayor Lyle Holmgren says it’s a concern again this year.

“We’ve spent pretty much from August until now clearing drains and making sure they were open and flowing the way they should,” Holmgren explained.

Even though you can’t see it from above, below the ground, trees and roots have blocked many of the city’s storm drains. City crews just finished clearing many of the gutters. There are also more detention ponds in town where floodwater can be directed away from homes.

“We’re all doing our best to make sure everything is flowing the way it should,” Holmgren said

One of the new drains installed in a city park. (KSLTV/Mark Less)

City leaders say a lot has changed since the massive flooding in 2017. Several homes were flooded because the infrastructure couldn’t handle all the water. Back then, a fire truck was needed to help pump water out.

“We were 24-to-36 hours straight with our truck hooked up and pumping water,” recalled David Herron, a firefighter with Tremonton’s Fire Department.

The city has installed more significant drains since then to handle more water.

“Well, if you don’t learn from your past, you’re going to fail again in the future,” Herron said.

Everyone agrees we need the water, but it has been quite the winter for work.

“It was fun for a while,” said Potter with a laugh. “All the shoveling every day.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories


(Jackson Grimm/KSL TV)...
Debbie Worthen

Avalanches are bigger, more dangerous than past seasons in Utah

Utah gets hundreds of avalanches every year, but this year, those numbers are higher, and the slides themselves are becoming bigger and more dangerous.
1 day ago
Wasatch Hollow Preserve...
Katija Stjepovic

Wasatch Hollow Preserve filling with runoff

Some parts of our state are already dealing with too much water flowing down the mountains.
1 day ago
snowy softball field...
Mike Anderson

Record snow causing many high schools to cancel spring games

Snowy fields are making it tough for many schools to move forward with spring sports.
2 days ago
(KSL TV)...
Ladd Egan

Provo prepares for spring runoff and flooding

Record-breaking snowpack in the canyons above Provo has prompted the city to prepare for heavy spring runoff and potential flooding.
2 days ago
Snowy Utah peak...
Katija Stjepovic

Utah’s fresh powder brings conditions for more avalanches

Spring just doesn't seem to want to make an appearance lately as snow blankets most of Utah.
2 days ago
Skiers hit the slopes at Solitude Mountain Resort on March 27, 2023. (Jed Boal/KSL TV)...
Jed Boal

Four Utah resorts eclipse their all-time snowfall records

Alta, Deer Valley, Solitude and Snowbasin have more snow piled up than ever before, and they’re still adding more.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Stack of old laptops with dark background...
PC Laptops

Old Laptop Upgrades You Need to Try Before Throwing it Away

Get the most out of your investment. Try these old laptop upgrades before throwing it out to keep it running fast and efficient.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Close up of an offset printing machine during production...
Les Olson IT

Top 7 Reasons to Add a Production Printer to Your Business

Learn about the different digital production printers and how they can help your company save time and money.
vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
Tremonton residents, city officials prepare for upcoming spring flooding