Salt Lake County mayor ends flooding state of emergency

Jul 10, 2023, 6:30 PM

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Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson calls recent funding for the Care Coalition a "game changer." On Monday, July 10, 2023, Wilson announced the end of flooding state of emergency for the county. (Kristin Murphey /Deseret News)

(Kristin Murphey /Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County officials say the flooding state of emergency has come to an end.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, along with Kade Moncur, director of flood control, made that announcement on Monday.

Wilson originally issued the state of emergency on April 13 in preparation for potentially devasting flooding. According to a news release from the county, last winter’s snowpack was 200% of normal. 

“Since I’ve been Mayor, we’ve had our share of emergencies: a global pandemic, an earthquake, and a devastating windstorm,” Wilson said in the news release. “But all of these challenges helped us get even better at preparing for disasters. We were able to manage the runoff from such an incredible, record-breaking snowpack because of a combination of early planning, improved infrastructure, cutting-edge data, around-the-clock debris clearing, and a season of perfect weather.”

During the spring, the country distributed enough sand to fill 500,000 sandbags, according to the release. 

Flood control teams will continue to monitor and observe the creeks and canals within Salt Lake County.

The county is now offering locations where sandbags can be dropped off, or to pick up free sand through July 15. To find locations, click here

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