Emergency Flood Management, Salt Lake City, Utah

by Charles H. Call, Jr., (M.ASCE), Salt Lake City Corp, Salt Lake City, UT, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


This paper discusses Salt Lake City's response to the floods of 1983 and 1984. Peaks during these years were very high with historic records being set in both years. Management of flood fighting and cleanup is discussed. This includes clarifying roles and responsibilities in advance, establishing lines of communication, locating decision making close to field operations, fostering volunteer support, and establishing proper accounting and emergency contracting procedures. Salt Lake City's current emergency flood control plan is discussed. Different and unique problems of controlling flood water were faced in each year. Some of the solutions included using City streets for rivers, diverting excess flow into local drain lines, and constructing levees, dikes and pump stations.

Subject Headings: Emergency management | Floods | Pumping stations | Urban areas | Salts | River flow | Levees and dikes | Utah | United States

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