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2023 Salt Lake City Flooding Events

2023 Salt Lake City Flooding Events

What is Spring Run Off and Flooding?

Spring Runoff is the period in the spring, typically from April to July, where the creeks swell from snow melt.  Flooding may occur where atmospheric conditions lead to rapid melt and stream channels become overwhelmed. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Failing to evacuate flooded areas or entering flood waters can lead to injury or death. For more information on Storm Water and Flood Control, please visit Salt Lake City Public Utilities.

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2023 Salt Lake City Flooding Events

Emigration Creek and Wasatch Hollow Park Flood April 2023

On Wednesday April 12th at 5:03AM, SLCPD was notified that water was running through Wasatch Hollow Park and down 1700 S and 1500 E due to Emigration Creek overflowing from snow runoff. First responder crews and Public Utilities were dispatched to the scene immediately to begin assessing damages and begin routing the water back into the creek. Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City worked together over the course of the next several days and determined that the cause of the overflow was due to a malfunction of a steel plate blocking one of the drains in a culvert. Salt Lake City Fire Heavy Rescue helped dislodge the plate and return the drain to good working order.

Hundreds of volunteers showed up to the scene on the night of the 12th to fill sandbags to reroute the water. Over the next few days, thousands of volunteers helped fill sandbags for people who live near a flood zone. Salt Lake City residents demonstrated an all-hands-on deck approach to this incident, proving our city’s resiliency.

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