Salt Lake City Public Utilities crews were working through the day on Wednesday to assess and repair citywide flooding damage wrought by a historic and intense early-morning rain storm.
“The sudden occurrence and intensity of this storm is a 200-year event in Salt Lake City,” said Laura Briefer, Director of the Department of Public Utilities. The storm flooded homes and schools across the city, including neighborhoods in Sugar House, near Smith’s Ball Park and along the Jordan River on the City’s west side.
Salt Lake City International Airport operations were not affected, and business is operating as usual. Power outages were reported for more than 5,000 customers along the Wasatch Front.
Public Utilities crews fanned out throughout the affected areas in the pre-dawn hours. Storm drains and other utilities infrastructure worked as they were designed to, but some localized areas had trouble keeping up with the unprecedented amount of rain. Some sections of the City experienced more than two inches of water in the deluge over just a few hours.
“In some localized areas, with that much sudden rain, our system was simply overwhelmed,” Laura said. “Our team is fully dedicated to addressing the damage from this storm, and will be on the scene for as long as necessary to provide clean-up and support in the City,” Laura said.
Meanwhile, information is available from the Department of Public Utilities for residents and businesses dealing with storm damage in Salt Lake City.
That number is: 801-483-6700 (press option 1)
Utilities customers are encouraged to call for reporting of the following issues:
- Flood damage to property
- Flood-related debris in the streets
- Flooded streets
By reporting home and business flooding to the City, Public Utilities employees can provide further information and perform an inspection of the premises.