Dec 07 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - At 5 p.m. this afternoon the Governor's Office met with Davis County leaders, city leaders, emergency responders and state agency leadership via conference call for a status update on remaining local needs in the cleanup effort following last week's severe wind storm.
All cities on today's conference call expressed appreciation for the assistance of state agencies, deployed at the Governor's direction Sunday morning. "This has been a locally-driven effort and we certainly appreciate all local and state responders, both volunteer and professional, who have assisted our citizens in this outstanding effort," said Governor Herbert.
With most cities reporting that the majority of their large-scale needs should be nearly, if not completely, addressed within the next day or so, Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered the Utah National Guard to begin to stand down operations at noon tomorrow. That will allow time for work to continue in the morning and for heavy equipment to return for service and storage at Utah National Guard facilities at Camp Williams and in Vernal. The Utah Highway Patrol will escort heavy equipment on the return trip to insure public safety on roadways.
Under coordination by the Utah Dept. of Public Safety (DPS), remaining resources, including Utah Dept. of Transportation (UDOT) personnel and equipment, will be deployed through at least the end of Thursday, with a reassessment planned for 5 p.m. Thursday. Meanwhile, county and city efforts continue to clean up widespread debris and repair damage.
On Sunday morning the Governor deployed state resources and the Utah National Guard 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.
With each impacted municipality facing unique challenges, residents are encouraged to check city websites for updated information on waste pick up and disposal. Davis County's landfill is accepting green waste at no charge until December 17.