Late Monday afternoon Governor Gary R. Herbert issued an executive order declaring a “State of Emergency” in Utah as a result of springtime flooding reaching its apex. The Governor’s declaration opens the door for state resources to be deployed to local communities affected by the disaster.
“We are extremely proud of how well our local responders and volunteers are performing in response to the flooding,” Governor Herbert said. “They’ve done a yeoman’s job in preparing for and handling high water levels. Neighbors are stepping up to help neighbors and resources have been coordinated at all levels. As the water subsides, and cleanup and repairs begin, we will continue to work diligently to identify ways to assist.”
Currently, six counties, six cities and one tribe have made local emergency declarations, and more are expected in coming days. “With high temperatures expected this week, we expect more melting snow to come out of the mountains,” said the Governor.
As damages are reported from Utah’s communities, the Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management works closely with local emergency management agencies to document and tabulate eligible cost estimates to prepare for a potential Presidential Disaster Declaration request.