Gov. Cox declares state of emergency due to flood risks

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox declared a state of emergency yesterday in response to flooding and the resulting avalanches, landslides, rockslides, mudslides, and other dangerous conditions statewide.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the moisture we’ve received this winter, but the extra rain and hefty snowpack present increasing flood risks as the snow melts,” Cox said. “By declaring a state of emergency, the state will be better able to tap into reserve funds to support flood response and mitigation efforts. In short, we’ll be better prepared for what lies ahead this spring.”

During the 2023 General Legislative Session earlier this year, legislators set aside $5 million for emergency flood mitigation. According to a press release from the office of the governor, those funds have already been used.

By declaring a state of emergency, Utah will be able to utilize funds from the State Recovery Restricted Account to fund additional flood mitigation efforts, and be able to seek aid from the federal government and other states.

This state of emergency will remain in effect for the next 30 days, or longer if extended by the legislature.

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