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Mayor issues emergency order after Sugar House flooding

Apr 13, 2023, 6:23 AM | Updated: 12:15 pm

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall issued an emergency order early Thursday morning as spring flo...

Hundreds of volunteers built sandbags to help keep water from houses around 1700 East and 1500 South in Salt Lake City on Wednesday night. (Lindsay Aerts, KSL NewsRadio)

(Lindsay Aerts, KSL NewsRadio)

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall issued an emergency order early Thursday morning as spring flooding continued in east Sugar House.

 

Mendenhall has asked certain residents that live on Glen Arbor Street, Blaine Avenue, and Downington Circle to remain on alert and to consider voluntarily evacuating their homes.

The problem leading the mayor to call for these voluntary evacuations involves the possibility of a clogged culvert drainage pipe.

The Red Cross of Utah is opening a flooding evacuation shelter in Salt Lake City at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building near 2200 East and Roosevelt Ave. Anyone in need can come to the evacuation center or call the red cross for assistance.


Meanwhile, hundreds of volunteers answered a call for help building sandbags on 1700 South and 1700 East.

A sense of how fast the water was moving at 1500 East and 1700 South was provided in this video sent to KSL, shot by Ken Rasmussen around 9 p.m. on Wednesday night.

KSL Meteorologist Matt Johnson said that water flows are expected to lessen on Thursday as the high temperature moves closer to 50 degrees.

 

Related:  Where to get sandbags to help mitigate possible flooding in Utah

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Mayor issues emergency order after Sugar House flooding