Governor and State Officials Warn Residents: Prepare Now

SALT LAKE CITY – Most of Utah’s snowpack melts and flows into rivers and streams between May 1 and June 30. But cooler May temperatures and a recurrent storm pattern have not only enhanced the higher elevation snowpack, they have also compressed Utah’s snowmelt cycle essentially into the month of June. Governor Gary R. Herbert is warning Utahns to be ready and understand that local governments are the first line of response for flooding. Consequently, the Governor will host a media tour of Weber County flood sites and a subsequent press conference with state officials about the possible dangers of flooding, as well as preparation efforts, tomorrow, Tuesday, May 31, in the Emergency Operations Center of the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.

Following a morning aerial tour of current flooding in Weber and Morgan counties, Governor Gary R Herbert will escort media representatives to three Weber county flood sites and then hold a press conference to detail local and state efforts to prepare for and respond to flooding.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011, from 2:20 to 4:15 p.m. (detailed itinerary below, tour departure 2:30 time certain)

Weber County Sheriff, Emergency Operations Center
721 W. 12th Street, Ogden


Governor Gary Herbert, Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell, Department of Public Safety Commissioner Lance Davenport, Brian McInerney, (hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City) and various public officials.

MEDIA ITINERARY: visuals of residential and local flooding, then briefing

2:20     Assemble at Weber County Sheriff’s Office, 721 W. 12th Street, Ogden
2:30     Depart Weber County Sheriff’s Office (vans and individual cars) for 3650 West Pioneer Rd, Marriott-Slaterville
2:40     Arrive at 3650 West Pioneer Road, Marriott-Slaterville (culdesac with homes / sandbagging, surrounded by water)
2:55     Depart for 5500 W. 300 North
3:05     Arrive at 5500 W. 300 North (soft river bank/ 1952 Diversion Canal)
3:15     Depart for 5900 W. 12th Street
3:20    Arrive at 5900 W. 12th Street (Oxbow of the River/ lots of flooding – approx. address, doesn’t really have an address)
3:30     Depart for Weber County Sheriff’s Office/Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 721 W. 12th Street, Ogden
3:45     Arrive at Weber County Sheriff’s Office / EOC / Training room for media briefing/ press conference. Speakers: Governor Gary R. Herbert, Brian McInerney (hydrologist, National Weather Service), Commissioner Lance Davenport (Dept. of Public Safety).
4:15     Dismiss briefing

Weber County Sheriff’s Office
Weber County flood Site Tour