Citing rising rivers, Sandy Mayor issues emergency declaration

May 31, 2023, 10:12 AM | Updated: 2:26 pm

Record snowpack and increasing temperatures have prompted Sandy City Mayor Monica Zoltanski to issu...

FILE: Runoff water from the Wasatch Mountains flows down Little Cottonwood Creek in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. The creek is running faster in 2023, prompting Sandy City officials to issue an emergency declaration (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

(Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SANDY, Utah — Record snowpack and increasing temperatures have prompted Sandy City Mayor Monica Zoltanski to issue a proclamation declaring a local emergency for flood mitigation and response.

The proclamation is effective immediately and will remain in effect for 30 days.

An announcement from the city said the declaration is in effect “for the primary waterways in Sandy”. This would be Little Cottonwood Creek, Dry Creek from Bell Canyon through Dimple Dell, Little Willow Creek, and Big Willow Creek.

Angela Faver lives right next to Little Cottonwood Creek. She told KSL NewsRadio that her and her family have been preparing for this and, at least for now, they’re not worrying. 

“We’ve got to just do the best we can with what we’ve got, but the weather seems to be cooperating,” said Favor.

Faver said they have moved some valuables upstairs and they have flood insurance.  

The KSL River Flow Tracker currently shows that Little Cottonwood Creek is expected to significantly increase in volume beginning on June 2. 

In the announcement, Sandy City said its workers have been preparing for the possibility of flooding since February — namely by clearing debris. This work will continue throughout the emergency declaration.

“Most flood events in Salt Lake County this year have been the result of debris dams,” said Sandy Public Utilities Director Tom Ward.

“Our flood prevention team and community volunteers have been proactively working over the past few months to clear our stream channels to prevent debris flow dams and flooding,” said Ward. “It is our hope that these mitigation efforts along with a favorable runoff cycle will alleviate any potential for flooding.”

Adam Short and Aubri Wuthridge contributed.

Related reading:


We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Utah Flood Watch

The Colorado River is pictured near Moab in Grand County on Friday, April, 26, 2024. (Kristin Murph...

Kyle Remund

Flood watch in effect for portions of eastern Utah

A flood watch covering parts of eastern Utah and western Colorado is in effect from Sunday, June 30th to Monday, July 1st.

20 days ago

Ray and Maranda Ankofski, a Texas couple, reportedly went missing in Grand County, according to off...

Michael Houck, KSL TV

Search for Texas couple has turned into a ‘recovery effort,’ sheriff office says

The search for a couple from Texas who went missing east of Moab has turned into a recovery effort due to evidence found during the search.

21 days ago

Flash floods could appear in Southern Utah on Sunday and Monday. The Virgin River flows through thr...

Kennedy Camarena and Mark Jackson

Southern Utah: Potential for flash floods on Sunday and Monday, some flooding in Capitol Reef reported

The National Weather Service is predicting a potential of flash floods for Southern Utah on Sunday and Monday.

27 days ago

Highway 128 is covered in mud after a severe storm and flooding in the area....

Kyle Remund

Cleanup begins after severe storm in eastern Utah

After a severe storm passed through Grand County, Utah, on Friday, officials are beginning cleanup and mitigation.

27 days ago

The storm surge from Tropical Storm Alberto floods the streets in Surfside Beach, Texas, on Wednesd...

Carter Williams, KSL.com

Flood watch issued for parts of Utah as tropical storm remnants arrive

Parts of Utah will be on a flood watch on June 21 as a tropical storm moves through the state. Flash flooding is also possible on Saturday.

29 days ago

lake powell shown, invasive fish causing issues...

Adam Small

Lake Powell missing 40,000 acre feet of water after accidental release, officials say

Lake Powell is the nation's second-largest reservoir, and it's currently missing up to 40,000-acre feet of water due to a water release.

1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

A young woman smiles while reading the menu at a lakeside restaurant, enjoying the panoramic view o...

Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau

The best restaurants to try in Bear Lake

Save this guide to the best restaurants in Bear Lake when you need to find a place to dine during your next visit.

Female leg stepping on weigh scales. Healthy lifestyle, food and sport concept....

Health Utah

Sustainable weight loss: the science-backed way to achieve it

Learn more about Debbie's weight loss journey with Health Utah, who have a unique weight loss philosophy for success.

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...


Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

Citing rising rivers, Sandy Mayor issues emergency declaration