Sandbags available for residents concerned about spring flooding
Spring means more than cleanup for the Draper Public Works Department, where officials are working to be prepared for runoff and flooding in the event of heavy rain or runoff from melting snowpack this year.
City officials are offering free sandbags residents may pick up from four designated locations if they are worried about flooding on their property.
Draper City Public Works Director David Decker said May is usually the wettest month in the city, and city officials want to help residents be ready.
"We just felt like it was important to get an early start, just because of past experiences," Decker said.
Last August, heavy rains in Draper caused enough damage to public and private property that city officials set up emergency operations in Draper City Hall.
The greatest impact was the Corner Canyon watershed area, where water and mudslides plugged three culverts and washed out part of the roadway that covers an aqueduct that supplies culinary water for the city.
Draper City Hall was flooded with about an inch of water, basements in local homes filled with water and at least two major roadways had to be cleared of debris after the storm.
To help residents prepare for another major storm event, the city will have the sandbags available for pickup every Saturday at Orson Smith Park, located at 12601 South Highland Dr. (2000 East); the Andy Ballard Equestrian Center, 1600 East Highland Dr. (13675 South); Smith Fields Park at 13400 South 200 East; and Draper City Park at 12500 South 1300 East.
Residents should plan to bring shovels and gloves to fill the bags and a vehicle to transport the bags to their property. Some prepared pallets of sandbags have also already been made ready by Draper Public Works employees for residents who experience flooding.
Decker said residents could also contact the city to schedule a time other than Saturday to pick up sandbags if needed.
The Draper City Public Works Department is located at 72 East Sivogah Court (14551 South) and is open from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday each week.
Service projects to fill bags and have them ready for residents are also being encouraged.
For more information, visit the Draper City website at www.draper.ut.us or contact the Draper Public Works Department at 801-576-6517.
Caption: Heavy rain caused flooding and mudslides in Draper last August. This May, a project to repair and improve overflow channels to divert water during an extreme storm event will be completed in the area just above the Steeplechase Subdivision in Draper.