Apr 19 2006
Governor Inspects Potential Flood Areas
State Experts, Local Officials Join Governor on Tour
Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. toured several parts of the state today observing specific areas suffering or in danger of landslides or flooding.
"I felt it was important to get an up close picture of the many stresses facing our state and make sure all levels of government are working closely together to prepare our citizens and communities for potential problems," Governor Huntsman said.
Larry Dunn, Meteorologist-In-Charge of the National Weather Service (NWS) Salt Lake City Office and NWS Hydrologist Brian McInerney accompanied the Governor. Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon and Cache County Council Chairman Cory Yeates also joined the Governor for tours of specific flooding risks within their respective jurisdictions.
Recent storms have increased already high levels of snow pack in the northern Utah mountains, raising the potential for above average spring runoff, landslides and flooding; however, the state has not received any requests for assistance from local communities.
"During the coming weeks, we will be increasingly vigilant in our efforts to closely monitor these high-risk areas and execute proper safety precautions," Governor Huntsman said.
The Governor receives daily updates regarding local flood preparations and potential trouble spots for flooding and landslides from emergency management officials within the Department of Public Safety.