Significant State Activity
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State EOC Activation – The Division of Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center is currently at a Level 3 Activation Level monitoring potential spring runoff flooding. Much of the state’s snowpack is above 100% of normal levels. With warmer temperatures in the forecast, flooding across Utah is a possibility.
Search and Rescue – The Division of Emergency Management helped coordinate resources for the search of a missing 3 year old girl on the Navajo Nation in the four corners area. The girl remains missing.
Civil Air Patrol – The Division of Emergency Management helped coordinate the Search and Rescue efforts between the Civil Air Patrol and the Sevier County Sheriffs office on a missing 77 year old male who had been missing since March 4th. He was found deceased on march 15. A UHP helicopter also assisted in the search.
Gold King Mine spill – On March 13 a large snowstorm knocked out power to a pump that was diverting water from the Gold King Mine into nearby treatment ponds. Contaminated water from the mine began to flow into Cement Creek on to the Animas River and was headed toward the San Juan River. The release was expected to reach the San Juan River by Monday, March 18. For more information you can find it on the Utah Department of Environmental Quality‘s website.
Utah National Guard – The Utah National Guard will be holding a large training / exercise event this week-end, March 23 & 24. There will be over 300 soldiers at Camp Williams.
EMAC Deployment to Alaska – The Division of Emergency Management has sent a Mitigation Specialist on an Emergency Management Assistance Compact to Alaska to aid in the FEMA Individual Assistance program.
Flood Awareness Month – Governor Gary Herbert has declared the month of March to be Flood Awareness month. More information about the campaign can be found here.
Weather – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Monticello area. Heavy snow above 8500 feet with accumulations of 8 to 16 inches. Winter Weather Advisory – Snow showers in the center part of the state from St. George up through the Salt Lake / Park City area. Some areas may see 6 60 12 inches with gusting winds, and will last until 6 am Friday. Hazardous Weather Outlook – Accumulating snowfall is expected mainly above 6,000 feet, late today through early Friday. Eastern Utah snow above 8,500 feet through Friday morning with 8 to 16 inches expected with possible large hail and damaging wind gusts.