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Flood warnings issued as snow melt makes rivers rise

Sandbags line Little Cottonwood Creek in Murray. Photo: Felicia Martinez, KSL TV

SALT LAKE CITY — Five Utah counties are under either a flood watch or warning as the record winter snow keeps melting, causing rivers to rise.

Salt Lake, Uintah, Duchesne, Tooele, and Grant Counties are under those watches and warnings from the National Weather Service.

Little Cottonwood Creek and the Duchesne River could reach flood stage by today, forecasters said. That would put dozens of homes at risk.

Signs have been put up in Murray warning people about the danger from Little Cottonwood Creek. There were also sandbags in place to protect the neighborhood.

However, other rivers are also running higher, colder, and faster than normal.

Morgan County Swift Water Rescue crews had trouble rescuing people who got stuck in the Weber River this week because the water was so dangerous.