OGDEN CANYON, Utah — A dog is unhurt after being rescued from a car that plunged into the Ogden River Tuesday.
When rescuers got to the crash two miles up the canyon, the car was upside down in the Ogden River.
Weber County Sheriff’s Lt. Courtney Ryan said Stephanie Perry was driving fast near the river when the car crashed around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday. Ryan said Perry ran off after people nearby helped her get out, leaving Swift was in inside.
“To me, it’s like leaving your kid in the car and abandoning your child in a vehicle upside down in a river,” Ryan said.
Weber County Search and Rescue got into the river but couldn’t get the dog out. The rescuer tied a harness and secured him inside the car. Crews then lifted the car out of the water with Swift buckled up.
“All out lucky circumstance for everybody involved,” Ryan said.
Ryan said the dog’s owner was picked up Wednesday and booked into jail. She was wanted for violating probation. Investigators also suspect alcohol was involved.
The dog now being cared for at the Weber County Animal Shelter. He’s been named “Swift” since the rescue in fast-moving water. Dog Tech Kenzie Kidder said he doesn’t have a scratch on him.
“This dog is a miracle. He’s been getting lots of treats and what not. He’s just so lucky to be alive. Not only that, he acts like nothing happened,” Kidder said.
The dog will remain on hold for the driver to come pick it up in the next couple of days. If she doesn’t, it will go up for adoption.
OGDEN, Utah – Waters are running high on the Ogden River, and in the past week, residents have noticed the river steadily rising.
However many might not know what’s behind the engorged banks – and some were surprised to find out that it’s not necessarily naturally occurring.
United States Geological Survey and National Weather Service gauges showed the Ogden River reached just below flood stage on Wednesday downstream from the Pineview Reservoir.
At a park in Ogden Thursday, water reached beyond the normal banks, rushing past trees and not far under a bridge.
Nearby, families took advantage of a sunny spring evening as they ran and played around the park and parents noticed the fast-moving rapids.
“We’ve been hearing about our friends talking about it getting higher, but we don’t know why,” said mother Cora Brown.
She was worried about her son’s safety. He had mentioned wanting to swim in the water.
“I cannot take my eyes off my child, or pretty much the river,” she said.
The Weber Basin Water Conservancy District said they’ve been getting calls from people, concerned with the levels.
“When we have high flows, it does tend to alarm people,” said Chris Hogge with the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District.
Perhaps alarming, but he explained why the levels aren’t free flowing from Mother Nature.
High spring runoff from the mountains after a banner year of snow has forced water managers to lift the gates at the Pineview Reservoir dam.
Hogge said they began lifting the water gates late last week and continued early this week.
The reservoir is filling so fast Hogge indicated they need to let the water out to make room for more and said they expect Pineview Reservoir to take in nearly twice the amount of water it can hold this year.
Last year, they didn’t have to do any controlled releases because of the dry winter.
He described why it’s a necessity this year.
“If we did not make those controlled releases, then we risk the potential of having uncontrolled release – which would obviously have serious consequences,” Hogge said.
Essentially, he said they need to raise the water levels now to avoid worse flooding later.
When the waters reached near flood stage Wednesday into Thursday morning, they closed the gates back down. The water receded significantly, according to the USGS water gauges.
“We’re watching those stream gauges on a daily [basis], and multiple times a day,” he said.
They’ll continue to closely monitor the reservoir and river, and Hogge said they’ll likely conduct more controlled releases in the month of May. They make sure they don’t go above a certain water level, in order to avoid flooding.
Another group will be closely monitoring the water levels: Kayakers.
Several men pulled up in a truck next to the river in Ogden Canyon Thursday evening, wet from having just gone down a run.
They pulled their kayaks out of the truck bed, geared back up and prepared for another lap.
“This is like my 64th time down this, this year,” Aidan McManus said.
For him, these high water levels are perfect, and the best time to take advantage of the sport.
“It was so much fun,” he said, as he got ready to load into his kayak. “It was really big for a lot of people, but it was super fun.”
He splashed into the river and jutted out into the middle, letting the force of the current take him away.
WEBER COUNTY, Utah — The Ogden River is running high Tuesday morning and is expected to rise as much as an inch throughout the day.
The river is running at about 1,000 cubic feet per second, and emergency managers said it can handle up to another 600 CFS.
The water is expected to rise up to an inch Tuesday, and while emergency managers aren’t concerned yet they have sandbags available for residents who are worried.
If you need sandbags call 801-778-6682.