Flood watchers along the Wasatch Front are uncrossing their fingers.
"We think (this spring) could be a heavy runoff," said Ivan Flint, general manager of the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District. "But if things come off even half-decent, we can handle the runoff."Water district managers throughout Utah have spent the past few months prepping their resources for what some forecast as a disastrous, El Nino-aggravated flood season. Even in late April, the ingredients for disaster - primarily, a snowpack of up to 200 percent of average in some places - still lingered.
Recent cool temperatures, with periodic rain, have helped ease many fears. Although the snowpack in some higher elevations remains as high as 150 percent of average, the wet and cool spring has steadily melted the snowpack in the lower elevations.
The melting of lower elevation snow has also come slowly enough that reservoirs have not filled much, Flint said. Weber Basin has even begun decreasing river flows out of its reservoirs, most of which currently are holding between 50 percent and 75 percent of capacity.
Above Salt Lake City, there are minor concerns over canyon snowpacks that are hovering between 115 percent and 135 percent of average, said Nick Sefakis, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake.
"We don't see any inherent threats right now," said LeRoy Hooten, general manager for Salt Lake City Public Utilities.
Not that rivers won't swell during the runoff period. The high elevation snowpack will bring water, and some of it could come fast, the water managers acknowledge. Most likely, though, the half-full reservoirs will halt any heavy runoff before it can slip over river banks in populated areas.
"We don't expect any flooding, or other problems," Hooten said.