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Gov. Cox declares state of emergency for southern Utah towns impacted by flooding

Aug 23, 2022, 8:18 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Spencer Cox has issued a state of emergency due to the damage caused by recent flooding in Grand, Emery and Wayne counties.

“We’ve seen destructive flash floods tear through communities, damage homes and businesses, and endanger lives throughout southern Utah. State government remains ready to offer emergency coordination and expertise as these areas recover and rebuild,” Cox said. “We also urge everyone to take flash flood warnings very seriously. We mourn the loss of Jetal Agnihotri of Tucson and pray for her loved ones. About 170 individuals spent 1,700 hours on search and rescue and we can’t thank them enough for their relentless efforts.”

Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson visited Tuesday with Moab City officials, including the mayor, as well as some businesses and other sites to assess the damage.

“I’m shocked by the size and scope of the flooding that swept through Moab causing damage to homes, businesses, and local infrastructure,” Henderson said. “Fortunately, I’m hopeful for a full recovery. Moab is open for business and the cleanup is well underway. If you want to help, here’s how: Visit Moab. Locals need your business and support – now more than ever.”

The order goes into effect immediately and will remain in effect for 30 days.

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