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Community comes together to battle flooding in Salt Lake City’s Emigration Creek

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Flooding from Emigration Creek gave Utahns a view into what is possible when snowmelt is rapid, and flood mitigation areas get clogged.

While the situation was serious and a voluntary evacuation was issued to affected residents, the coming together of a community was also very visible and something that should not be forgotten as the flooding events are not likely to be over.

Road damage from flooding on 1500 E in Salt Lake City.
Road damage from flooding on 1500 E in Salt Lake City. Courtesy of Salt Lake City Corporation.

Numerous sandbags were deployed to control flooding near Emigration Creek and Wasatch Hollow.
Numerous sandbags were deployed to control flooding near Emigration Creek and Wasatch Hollow. Courtesy of Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities.

Volunteers fill sandbags in preparation for flooding events.
Volunteers fill sandbags in preparation for flooding events. Courtesy of Salt Lake City Corporation.

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