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Gov. Cox declares state of emergency due to floods across the state

Apr 18, 2023, 4:46 PM | Updated: Oct 17, 2023, 9:32 am

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SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Spencer Cox declared a state of emergency Tuesday due to flooding and dangerous conditions across the state.

According to a press release, these dangerous conditions include flooding, avalanches, landslides, rockslides and mudslides.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the moisture we’ve received this winter, but the extra rain and hefty snowpack present increasing flood risks as the snow melts,” Gov. Cox said in the press release. “By declaring a state of emergency, the state will be better able to tap into reserve funds to support flood response and mitigation efforts. In short, we’ll be better prepared for what lies ahead this spring.”

According to the press release, legislators appropriated $5 million for emergency management flood mitigation. However, those funds are now depleted.

This story is breaking and will be updated as more information is available.

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Gov. Cox declares state of emergency due to floods across the state