FEMA Grants Salt Lake City $2.4 Million For Damaging Wind Event in 2020
Salt Lake City is getting reimbursed for recovery efforts needed after a damaging downslope wind event in September of 2020.
We have been mentioning the high winds and you may be familiar with the term "downslope winds". Attached our graphics where we expect the strongest winds to occur and an info graphic about downslope wind storms. pic.twitter.com/ZDXctlWuuT
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) September 7, 2020
The $2.4 million in funds from FEMA are in addition to previous disaster money approved earlier, for a total of $5.4 million. Wind gusts in the valleys around Salt Lake City and surrounding communities peaked at 99 mph, with even stronger winds in the higher elevation mountains and canyons.
The winds downed trees across the region, created a large amount of debris and damage to infrastructure, in addition to turning over trucks on the highway. Travel restrictions for high profile vehicles were issued to keep roads safe.
Truckers, please don't risk it! The restrictions are in place for good reason. We continue to see toppled semis due to the wind gusts in North Salt Lake County and Davis County (including a couple on Legacy Highway). pic.twitter.com/PFUJNcjAOV
— Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) September 8, 2020
Gusts in the region picked up during the afternoon on the 7th of September, as cold air began to drain into the valleys and basins. Gusts then intensified in the lower elevations the next morning, when they became widespread enough to be picked up by seismometers in the region, likely as objects rooted in the ground swayed and toppled over.
Here is a screenshot of our equipment on North Antelope Island and Beck Street in Salt Lake recording from last night into this morning. They show pretty clearly when the wind picked up.
Stay safe out there today! pic.twitter.com/8T6WHPuRsm
— UUSS (@UUSSquake) September 8, 2020
At one time, more than 180,000 customers lost power during the event.
Power outage update from the Sept. 8, 2020, wind storm. There are 500 outages in Utah affecting 1,483 customers.
The following images show detail for Weber, Davis and Salt Lake counties. @RMP_Utah reports work will likely continue into Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/YUaZzz9wBa
— Utah Division of Emergency Management (Utah DEM) (@UtahEmergency) September 15, 2020
Salt Lake City is no stranger to violent downslope wind events. In 2011, Davis County (just north of downtown Salt Lake City) incurred more than $75 million in damage.
You can read the full press release from FEMA here.