Flooding Across the Basin; Amazing Volunteer Response

Flooding throughout the Basin has put local agencies, volunteers and support networks in action. National Weather Service reported that the Vernal area had received 1.27 inches of rain by about noon on Thursday and could expect another half an inch in the next 24 hours. Vernal City Manager Ken Bassett says that Vernal City hasn’t experienced any serious flooding while Roosevelt City Manager Ryan Snow reports that South State Street in Roosevelt has been hit hard. Crews and volunteers got to work combatting the flooding in Roosevelt this morning. Snow reported on Thursday afternoon that they were good on volunteers for now. According to Uintah County Emergency Preparedness Manager Tal Ehlers, flooding in Uintah County has been scattered across the county but is mostly affecting the western side, primarily in Lapoint near the canal. Since this morning hundreds of volunteers have poured in to help with the sandbagging efforts in both Duchesne and Uintah County. “We are so grateful for all the people who have contributed including volunteers, local restaurants donating food, and the faith community,” says Ehlers. “The community response has been terrific.” Volunteers are still filling sandbags at the Lapoint Fire Station and the Western Park. If anyone needs sandbags they are welcome to come to either location to pick them up. 

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.