In Sugar House about 40 homes are still under voluntary evacuation due to floods as of Thursday morning (6 April). About 100 people in the 1700 South between 1500 East and 1700 East area must evacuate.
Overnight residents of Downington Circle, the south side of Blaine Avenue between 1500 and 1600 East and the north and south sides of Glen Arbor Street were added to the region, as were residents of Salt Lake City and the county.
The Salt Lake City mayor, Erin Mendenhall, estimated that 1,000 volunteers responded to the appeal for assistance with sandbags as the storm late on Wednesday drew community members toting shovels to help keep homes from flooding. The mayor tweeted at about 1:15 a.m. that waters have slowed somewhat:
“The voluntary evacuation is due to the possibility a nearby culvert drainage pipe could clog, causing the nearby creek to overflow, which could potentially impact approximately 40 homes. Crews will monitor the culvert overnight,” she said.
The voluntary evacuation is due to the possibility a nearby culvert drainage pipe could clog, causing the nearby creek to overflow, which could potentially impact approximately 40 homes. Crews will monitor the culvert overnight.
— Mayor Erin Mendenhall (@slcmayor) April 13, 2023
Unified Fire Authority Chief Clint Mecham said emergency managers on the scene have never seen flow stream meters as high as Wednesday (12 April). “We are dealing with record flows.” Mendenhall acknowledged the assistance of “people of all ages” and thanked the nearby residents, firefighters, and police officers for reacting to the incident.
According to KSL, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown. Emergency officials said around midnight that no more volunteers were needed. Said:
“We put the call out to our community, and as always, the Salt Lakers showed up.”
According to a Red Cross announcement, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse, located at 2215 E. Roosevelt Avenue, has opened an evacuation shelter. Officials advised anybody in need to contact the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS. According to Brown, residents of the impacted residences were informed to leave as a precaution.
“I think we’re going to be out all night, I think we’ll be here tomorrow … but it’s nice we’ve got a lot of sandbags, we’ve got a lot of people. A lot of hands make light work,” Brown said.
According to officials, the flooding was anticipated to worsen until it peaked between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. The mayor signed a declaration of emergency, enabling the city to apply for federal money to combat the spring flooding. Wasatch Hollow Park was closed as a result of flooding.
The park was built to store vast amounts of water to help with flooding, but it could not handle the runoff from the mountains. The water swamped the entire park and reached 1700 South.
“Wasatch Hollow Park is actually a flood retention facility, and there’s a grate that carries Emigration Creek’s water through the city here,” explained Laura Briefer, director of Salt Lake City Public Utilities.
According to KSL News, However, following Tuesday’s warming up, Emigration Creek’s flow significantly increased, causing overflow into the park and onto the roads.
“Just the sheer amount of water is pretty unbelievable right now, so we are doing everything we can to make sure we can keep the system flowing correctly and make sure that it has the least amount of impact on the surrounding homes in this area,” said Cade Moncur, division director of Salt Lake County Flood Control.
Even though the water level was still high, Mendenhall claimed on Twitter that the county’s and city’s flood control teams had worked all day to reduce the flooding near the park.
Tonight I signed an emergency order that will help the City support our residents amid spring flooding.
I appreciate our City and County teams for jumping into action quickly. It’s an honor to see Salt Lakers come out to help one other. pic.twitter.com/KvSbCSxUvN
— Mayor Erin Mendenhall (@slcmayor) April 13, 2023
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Later on Wednesday night, she reported water flowing along the road at 1500 East before heading south onto Blaine Ave. She urged residents to stay away from the area and stated that city and county officials were working to ensure water continues to divert away from homes.
The mayor said that reports of flooding could be made to Salt Lake County Flood Control at 385-468-6600 or the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities at 801-483-6700.
Officials had previously stated that some regional homes had water in their basements and backyards before evening’s evacuations. Once more, Salt Lake County is requesting assistance from the public to keep trash out of the storm drain grates nearby.
“We are going to see some of this continue into tonight. Hopefully, we will see some of it dissipate. After that, it cools down, and we can keep it in the park, in the pipe system, and within the creek, and get it out of the road is really our biggest effort right now,” Moncur said.
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