Flood preparedness is a central part of water management. While Utah is the second-driest state in the Union, floods still happen here. Salt Lake City suffered $35 million in damage from the flood of 1983, and in 2006, the Escalante River flood destroyed most of the roads in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and raised Lake Powell by five feet.
Floods can not only cause extensive property damage, as recent news stories have shown, they can also lead to mudslides, avalanches and loss of life. That’s why we at the Central Utah Water Conservancy District build emergency preparation into our water management plans—water management plans that Utah residents need to be aware of when disaster strikes.
While we hope that we don’t have to rely on flood preparedness plans, they’re an essential part of responsible water management in Orem Utah.
Central Utah Water Conservancy District has resources you can use to prepare for, and respond to, any floods, in Utah and anywhere else. Find them at http://www.cuwcd.com/education.htm#adults.