Gov. Cox declares state of emergency for southern Utah towns impacted by flooding
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.”
Flooding has torn through communities, damaged homes and businesses, and endangered lives throughout southern Utah. State government remains ready to offer emergency coordination as these areas recover and rebuild.
— Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox (@GovCox) August 24, 2022
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.”
This flag got swept up in the Moab flood. Someone fished it out of the mud and hung it up over the floodplain. Beautiful, resilient community. Despite recent difficulties, Moab is open for business. pic.twitter.com/G9JPN0CkQb
— Deidre Henderson (@DeidreHenderson) August 24, 2022
The order goes into effect immediately and will remain in effect for 30 days.
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