Jordanelle Reservoir, located six miles north of Heber City, is expected to begin filling May 1, just in time to catch a significant portion of runoff from northern Utah's record snowfall.

"The dam is essentially completed and we're hoping to begin storing water on May 1," Dave Frandsen of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation told a Central Utah Water Conservancy District Board meeting earlier this week.He said officials want to take advantage of the exceptional snowpack.

While the dam structure has been topped of, work is continuing on the gatehouse and gate chambers. But Central Utah Water Conservancy District general manager Don A. Chris-tian-sen is confident the district will be able to begin storing Provo River water in Jordanelle on May 1.

Frandsen said the Jordanelle will be allowed to fill only partially, adding that a surplus of water from a heavy spring runoff could be stored temporarily in the reservoir and released down the Provo River to Deer Creek Reservoir later in the summer.