Utah National Guard returns to assist Salt Lake City with windstorm cleanup

By Maj. Jaime Thomas | Utah National Guard | Oct. 5, 2020

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah —

 

 

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah ­­– Under the direction of Gov. Gary R. Herbert, approximately 10 service members of the Utah National Guard will support Salt Lake City with debris cleanup efforts after hurricane-level winds tore through northern Utah in early September. The Utah National Guard will support the city’s cleanup operations for one week, starting Oct. 5, 2020.

Last month, the Utah National Guard responded to Davis and Salt Lake Counties to assist in emergency debris cleanup operations. The Utah National Guard worked for six days at 27 sites across six cities to remove 2.48 million pounds of debris left by the severe windstorm.

The windstorm cleanup is not over for many parts of northern Utah, nor is it over for Salt Lake City

“Salt Lake City is fortunate and grateful to have the Utah National Guard assist us with our remaining debris cleanup from the windstorm. Our city teams and partners have done an amazing job in the face of so much damage,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall. “We’re grateful to the service members of the Utah Guard who volunteer to serve our state and its residents in this important capacity.”

Equipment operators from the Utah National Guard will work under direction of the Salt Lake County Emergency Operations Center to assist local and civil agencies with debris removal and community cleanup operations in Salt Lake City.

“Our Utah National Guard service members will use their skills and equipment to clear debris to assist Salt Lake City residents and help them get back to normal following the devastating effects of September’s windstorm,” said Air Force Brig. Gen. Darwin Craig, director of joint staff, Utah National Guard. “Our service members willingly volunteer to serve, which exemplifies the citizen-Soldier. We are neighbors helping neighbors, and are proud to serve our local communities, especially when we can provide some relief to the communities that were most impacted.”

The Utah National Guard has unique capabilities and skills and has a proven track record of answering the call to assist civilian authorities during emergencies.

Please direct all questions to Maj. Jaime Thomas, 801-716-9063, ng.ut.utarng.list.pao@mail.mil.

 

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