BYU student caught in avalanche dies; back-country danger remains extreme
Sundance Ski Resort closed their lifts on Sunday. In a series of tweets, the resort reported: "Sundance ski runs are closed for the day due to heavy rain fall and avalanche danger. SR-92 is open as is Sundance village restaurants. Due to adverse conditions the ski mountain will remain closed today (Sunday)."
The Utah Department of Transportation also closed Powder Mountain Highway on Sunday, "due to continuation of avalanche cleanup," according to a tweet from UDOT.
Snowbasin closed it ski lifts early on Saturday due to strong winds.
Hardesty said with another storm due to hit the state Wednesday, the avalanche danger will remain high for the next week. He warned that people should stay out of the backcountry.
The problem is the recent wet, heavy snow accompanied with strong winds.
"It's too much, too fast," he said. "It's just too much for it to stay on the steep mountain side. Furthermore, it's overloading the very weak, pre-existing snow that's been sitting on the ground for the past several months."
Also, shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday, the North Summit Fire Department sent out a tweet requesting volunteers for sandbagging.
"150 S CLOSED at Main St. and 50 W in #coalville due to #flooding Anyone who can help full sand bags cone down," the department wrote.
At least 5 inches of rain caused flooding between Wanship and Coalville, a seven- to eight-mile stretch, according to Mark Giauque, volunteer firefighter in Summit County and KSL NewsRadio executive producer and reporter.
"The runoff really had nowhere to go, so in low-lying places the water rushed into homes," Giauque said.
About six to seven homes were damaged by the water, one significantly, Giauque said. At least two homes were saved by the efforts of those who filled and placed sandbags. The rain had let up as of Sunday, and officials hope they've seen the last of it.
"There's still concern that if more heavy rain came, this wouldn't be over yet," Giauque said.
The flooding in Coalville was controlled and streets were reopened just before 6 p.m., Sunday, according to a tweet from North Summit Fire.
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