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Gov. Cox issues state of emergency for flood-stricken areas of the state

Aug 23, 2022, 8:26 PM

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Gov. Spencer Cox speaks at the PBS Utah Governor’s Monthly News Conference at the Eccles Broadcast Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 16, 2022. Cox expressed his concern over the impact social media is having children in the state. He raised his concern during a symposium on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

(Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — In wake of recent flooding in Grand, Emery and Wayne counties, Gov. Spencer Cox issued a state of emergency on Tuesday.

The declaration brings attention to the dangers of flash flooding. Additionally, it also allows the state to continue to offer assistance to local governments as needed.

State of emergency

“We’ve seen destructive flash floods tear through communities, damage homes and businesses, and endanger lives throughout southern Utah. State government remains ready to offer emergency coordination and expertise as these areas recover and rebuild,” Cox said in a news release.

Recent flash flooding in Zion National Park claimed the life of Jetal Agnihotri, a hiker from Arizona who was swept away in the flood.

“We also urge everyone to take flash flood warnings very seriously,” Cox said. “We mourn the loss of Jetal Agnihotri of Tucson and pray for her loved ones. About 170 individuals spent 1,700 hours on search and rescue and we can’t thank them enough for their relentless efforts.” 

On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson visited Moab and discussed the recent flooding with Moab Mayor Joette Langianese. Members of the Grand County Commission and Moab City Council were also part of the meeting with Henderson.

“I’m shocked by the size and scope of the flooding that swept through Moab causing damage to homes, businesses, and local infrastructure,” Henderson said in a news release. “Fortunately, I’m hopeful for a full recovery. Moab is open for business and the cleanup is well underway.”

The State of Emergency will go into effect immediately, according to the news release. It will stay in effect for 30 days. 

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Gov. Cox issues state of emergency for flood-stricken areas of the state