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Lt. Gov. Henderson visits Moab after flooding, asks others to do the same

Aug 30, 2022, 12:30 PM

FILE: The sun sets as a rainstorm blows over Delicate Arch in Arches National Park near Moab on Sat...

FILE: The sun sets as a rainstorm blows over Delicate Arch in Arches National Park near Moab on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (Spenser Heaps/Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson went to Moab a couple of days after potions of the city flooding and said that the damage she saw was significant.  But that wasn’t her biggest takeaway. 

“I was just shocked at how well the community had come together to clean it up,” Henderson told the hosts of KSL@Night.

Although the community has come together, Gov. Cox has declared a state of emergency. Technically, the state of emergency will only last 30 days, but Henderson said that won’t end the need for state or federal help. 

Henderson said it’s important that people affected by the floods fill out damage reports so that they can get government assistance.  

“So in order to draw down some of this assistance, there has to be a certain level of damage,” said Henderson. “So this documentation is really, really important for impacted people to make sure that they notify the government about the damage that they’ve incurred.”

As some businesses apply for help and clean up flood damage, others are still open for business.  So Henderson asks anybody planning a trip to Moab not to cancel their plans. She said Moab needs you. 

“There are so many things there that are still open, and almost every business is now open and running and desperately needing people to come and patronize their establishments,” said Henderson. 

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Lt. Gov. Henderson visits Moab after flooding, asks others to do the same