- Associated Press - Friday, February 10, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on flooding and damage caused by warm weather and rapid snowmelt in some parts of Utah (all times local):

Noon

Federal water managers are declaring a first-stage flood emergency and say they need to release water from a dam at a popular state park in northern Utah.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said Friday that sending water from Hyrum Dam down the Little Bear River toward the Cache County town of Wellsville is not expected to cause property damage or endanger people.

Local reclamation chief Wayne Pullan says the “level one” emergency is the lowest on a three-step scale.

He calls it a precaution that opens communication lines with county and local agencies.

The water release comes amid warm weather, rapid snowmelt and rain in the area.

It isn’t expected to cause flooding, but Pullan says the region is already saturated.

The dam stands some 116 feet high and was completed in 1935.

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9:15 a.m.

Weather officials are warning of warm weather causing rapid snowmelt and flooding in some parts of Utah, including a shoreline community on Bear Lake.

A canal breach in Garden City early Friday morning flooded several homes and a highway. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning in the area near the Idaho border.

The Herald Journal reports homeowners outside of nearby Logan also woke up to flooded basements and motorists found water pooled on nearby roads.

Authorities are also keeping a close eye on Hyrum Dam in Cache County following a break at a rural dam in Nevada on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, KSL-TV reports extra water flowing into the sewer system is sending sewage into basements in 20 homes in Farr West, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City.

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This story corrects to say the water will be sent down to Wellsville, not Paradise and Avon.


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