FEMA approves SLC windstorm assistance
Jan 19, 2022, 8:51 AM | Updated: 9:40 am
DENVER — Salt Lake City will receive more than $2.4 million in public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funding was made available under a major disaster declaration on Jan. 12, 2021, following strong straight-line wins that impacted four counties within the state the previous September.
1/7 It is the first anniversary of the 2020 Downslope Wind Storm that impacted much of northern Utah. This event goes down as one of the most widespread, impactful weather events the state has experienced in many years. This thread details some of the impacts. #utwx pic.twitter.com/1T75eP7Jub
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) September 8, 2021
FEMA has now given more than $5.4 million in public assistance for the Utah disaster recovery. The Salt Lake City funding will reimburse the cost of debris removal following the wind event. There were several damaged trees.
The $2.4 million accounts for the 75 percent federal share for the project. The funds are from FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program, which reimburses local and certain non-profit agencies for a portion of the repair and rebuilding of public infrastructure damaged as a result of a presidentially declared disaster.
Hurricane-force winds impacted the state on Sept. 8, 2020. An estimated 200,000 homes and businesses were initially without power. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency and called out the Utah National Guard.