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Residents traversing Indian Valley come across signs such as this on North Valley Road, but there are many flooded areas without signs and motorists need to beware. Photo by Andrea Singer

Melting snow causes flooding concern in Indian Valley

By Andrea Singer

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Monumental snowfall combined with our current bout of warm rain followed by sunshine has surged waterways in Indian Valley, therefore causing debris and snow to clog ditches, culverts, and irrigation canals. The backed-up water is wreaking havoc on local roadways causing hazardous road conditions. The water is not only hindering traffic, but giving concern to homeowners and leaving livestock owners searching for higher pasture. As the water level rise, so do residents anxiety.

For many in Indian Valley, memories of the 2017 flood that impacted the area — causing severe damage and leaving many stranded without a way to access surrounding areas for things such as healthcare, food, and other necessities — are being dredged up to the forefront of their minds. Because of the limited roadways in and out of the valley, being prepared for a repeat of 2017 is wise. If you are traveling the roadways, do so with caution, as very few of the flooded areas are marked with “flooded” signs. Also be aware of rock and mudslides. There is currently one-way traffic near Indian Falls due to a mudslide clean up in progress, and multiple reports have been made of slides occurring on the Greenville Grade.

Indian Valley’s golf course is flooded. Photo by Andrea Singer
Another view of North Valley Road. Photo by Rowan Newman
Water has inundated this acreage for sale off of North Valley Road. Photo by Andrea Singer

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