SALT LAKE CITY - Earlier this morning Governor Gary R. Herbert met with Davis County leaders, city leaders, emergency responders and state agency leadership via conference call for a status update and report on remaining local needs in the cleanup effort following last week's severe wind storm.
The Governor said state resources, including Utah National Guard, Utah Dept. of Public Safety and Utah Dept. of Transportation personnel and equipment, will be deployed for at least another two full days, with a reassessment planned for 5 p.m. Wednesday. Meanwhile, county and city efforts continue to clean up widespread debris, restore power and repair damage.
"We still have a lot of work to do," the Governor said on the call. He told coordinators to be as aggressive as possible, prioritizing public safety and private property. "We need to prioritize our state personnel and equipment, based first and foremost on public safety. We'll reevaluate from a state perspective Wednesday, so let's 'get 'er done.'"
The Governor deployed state resources and the Utah National Guard on Sunday in anticipation of another serious wind event forecasted by the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. Winds up to 75 MPH were initially expected, as well as possible snow. The Governor was concerned about debris from the previous storm becoming airborne, further threatening public safety and exacerbating property damage. Residents were warned to clean up debris before the storm and then stay off roadways once it hit.
Public response was "incredible," said the Governor. "This was the best of Utah-an 'all hands on deck' effort. The collaboration and cooperation of various entities has been excellent and I thank our local leaders, National Guard, law enforcement officers and local volunteers."
With each impacted municipality facing unique challenges, residents are encouraged to check city websites for updated information on waste pick up and disposal. As of Wednesday morning, cities were no longer accepting green or non-green waste at temporary deposit sites. Instead, residents are being directed to the Davis County landfill or the Bountiful City landfill. Bountiful, Farmington and Kaysville will continue curbside green waste pick up. Centerville and Fruit Heights will pick up large tree stumps or trunks from curbside for the next ten days. Waste should be left on the park strip, not in the road, in case of snow plowing.
Davis County's landfill is accepting green waste at no charge until December 17.