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Wind Damage FAQs

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Multiple Salt Lake City departments are working together to respond to the downed trees and limbs from the wind storm on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. We are first focused on clearing roads and sidewalks to maintain access and removing dangerous trees and limbs as quickly as possible.

What number do I call to report a fallen City-owned tree?


Urban Forestry will only address publicly owned trees, trees blocking roads or sidewalks, on cars, or publicly owned trees on power-lines. Downed trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. Please click on the link below to report a fallen City-owned tree and request removal.

https://slc-gov.force.com/slccrm/s/Request?rt=a0Ff400000JEfQCEA1&category=Streets


Salt Lake City residents may also call 801-972-7818 for City-owned trees that have fallen on houses, power lines or cars. City-owned trees are those planted in park strips, medians, parks, and on other City property.

If you have already called to report a fallen tree or limb, please be assured that your report is on our list and crews will respond as soon as they are able.

Tree damage on private property (back yards, front yards not on the park strip, etc.) is the responsibility of the homeowner and we encourage you to contact a licensed tree removal contractor for assistance.


If you feel the City is responsible for damages to your property by a City-owned tree and want to submit a claim, download a claim form here or call (801) 535-7788 and request that a claim form be emailed or mailed to you.

You can also visit https://www.slc.gov/attorney/risk/ for more details.


We understand there are many residents who are unable to clear large, heavy debris from their property on their own. The City has partnered with United Way’s 2-1-1 to link people who need help with volunteers who want and are able to help. Those needing assistance should call 2-1-1, beginning Thursday, for help. 

Where do I dispose of fallen trees and branches on my property?

Multiple Salt Lake City departments are working together to respond to the downed trees and limbs from the wind storm on Tuesday. We are first focused on clearing roads and sidewalks to maintain access and removing dangerous trees and limbs as quickly as possible.

If you have debris from a City-owned tree (a tree in the park strip), please move debris to the side of the road and we will be collecting soon.

At this time, please hold off on placing debris from your private trees (located in your front, back, or side yards) on the street. We will be coordinating bulk green waste collection for private trees and tree limbs in the coming days and weeks, but we are not quite there yet.

This is a large, collective effort due to the unprecedented scale of damage and we anticipate it will take the City weeks to finish removing debris. Thank you for your patience.

For that reason, we appreciate everyone’s help in disposing of limbs and debris from your private trees, and assisting neighbors where possible:

If you are in the position to self-haul material to the Salt Lake Valley Landfill, please do. The Landfill will be accepting bulk green waste from individuals for free starting September 9 until September 23 at noon. More information can be found on Salt Lake County’s website here: https://slco.org/news/slco-severe-weather-response/

Loads should be less than 9,000 pounds and resulting from storm clean-up – no other landscaping please. Please note that commercial contractors will still be charged for green waste disposal.

Please call the Landfill with questions at (385) 468-6370. Lines may be long, especially in the immediate aftermath, but should be less at non-peak times. The Landfill is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Saturday.

Private waste haulers may also be used to help haul material. You can see a list of private haulers here. (Note this is not an exhaustive list).

We also encourage you to feed green waste into your curbside brown containers as much as possible. If you need extra cans, request them via this page or by contacting us at 801-535-6999. The Waste & Recycling crews are doing their best to respond to requests as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.

If you have questions, please contact Salt Lake City Green at 801-535-6999 or email slcwasteandrecycling@slcgov.com.

Who do I call if there is a power line down or outage near my home?

For a downed power line or power outages call Rocky Mountain Power at 877-508-5088, text STAT to 759677, or visit rockymountainpower.net/outage.

Please take caution and stay away from downed power lines. They are extremely dangerous.

I want to help! Where can I volunteer?

Individuals interested in volunteering can contact Utah’s National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, and fill out this form: https://utahvoad.org/find-a-partner-program.

The City has partnered with United Way’s 2-1-1, to link people who need help with volunteers who want and are able to help. Those needing assistance should call 2-1-1, beginning Thursday, for help. 

Where do I go to report damage to my property from the high winds?

Residents should report property damage to their insurance company.


Survey for collecting damage across Salt Lake City from storm on 9/8/2020

https://september-2020-high-wind-utah-em.hub.arcgis.com/app/cdaa2db513ac42e399a1bdac36b6e217


Salt Lake County residents can also self report damage to their property due to the high wind event that occurred on September 8, 2020.

Visit this link to fill out the form: https://arcg.is/0SuWXP

You can also scan the QR code:

What number do I call to report downed traffic signs?

Downed stop signs and other traffic signs should be reported to the City’s Streets Division at 801-535-2345. You can visit https://www.slc.gov/mystreet/ for more information.

Is it safe to go to the neighborhood park?

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall issued a proclamation on Thursday, September 10, 2020 which temporarily closed certain City parks and the City Cemetery as crews continue to clear debris in the aftermath of the September 8, 2020 windstorm.

The following parks are closed so City crews can remove fallen trees, branches, and debris:

  • Fairmont Park 
  • Sunnyside Park
  • Lindsey Gardens
  • Riverside Park
  • Washington Square
  • Salt Lake City Cemetery

Open spaces not listed above are fully open. For a map of all City parks, visit https://www.slc.gov/parks/parks-division.  Please check up for updates.

Are City golf courses and other public green spaces still open?

All golf courses are open again, with COVID-19 restrictions in place. Please be mindful of maintenance crews as they help clean up storm debris, and avoid any piled materials and fallen trees.

Please click the following link for more information about City golf courses: https://www.slc-golf.com/


To address wind damage, the Salt Lake City Cemetery is closed until further notice.


Many trees have fallen in City parks. Please take caution and avoid dangerous areas that have been closed.

The following parks are closed until further notice: Fairmont, Lindsey Gardens, Sunny Side, SLC Cemetery, Washington Square, and Riverside. 

The west side of Liberty Park along with Tracy Aviary and Youth & Family programming at Liberty Park have been cleared for use, however the east side of Liberty Park is still being cleared and should be avoided by the public.