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Salt Lake City mayor declares emergency due to wind damage

Photo: Saige Miller

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall has issued an emergency declaration after the damage done to Utah’s capital city by sustained gusting winds.

Among other things, the declaration allows the city to accept donations, work with volunteers, and create an overnight shelter at the Sorenson Multicultural Center at 855 West California Avenue.  

The emergency shelter will serve anybody who is experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake City, Mendenhall said.  It will remain open through Wednesday morning.

Mendenhall said the volunteers will be asked to help clean up debris left behind by the windstorm. The volunteers will not be utilized until the storm is over.

Through the declaration, Mayor Mendenhall has closed several Salt Lake City parks so that downed tree removal can safely begin. They include:

  • Fairmont Park
  • Jordan Park
  • Liberty Park
  • Sunnyside Park
  • Pioneer Park
  • Riverside Park
  • Rosewood Park
  • Cottonwood Park
  • Warm Spring Park
  • Lindsey Gardens Park
  • Washington Square Park
  • City Creek Park
  • Salt Lake City Cemetery

These parks are closed to the public through Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.

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