Trump grants disaster relief declaration for September windstorm damage

SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump has signed a major disaster declaration for Utahns, the third involving disasters that occurred in 2020.

On Wednesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the president signed a major disaster declaration on Jan. 12 for the damage done by a windstorm on Sept. 7 and 8, which impacted northern Utah. The declaration means FEMA funds will be available to entities in Salt Lake, Davis, Weber and Morgan counties.

The storm, which included gusts of up to 100 miles per hour, tipped over semitrucks, ripped trees from the ground, damaged buildings and knocked out power to the homes of 180,000 Utahns. Some people were without power for more than a week because the damage was so extensive.

“We appreciate the support of FEMA and the president in approving this latest disaster declaration for Utah,” said Kris Hamlet, Utah Division of Emergency Management director. “We’ve been very busy this past year responding to numerous emergencies and disasters, but now is the time to move forward with recovery and mitigation efforts. The resources provided under this declaration will help those areas impacted the most to be able to offset costs incurred to respond to the windstorm, and in some cases to implement mitigation efforts to minimize future impacts from such an event.”

The division will work closely with FEMA and the counties to administer the funds that are available under the newest declaration.

The other emergency declarations were for the 5.7 magnitude earthquake that struck March 18 near Magna, badly damaging businesses and homes, as well as the ongoing emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Trees that were damaged by high winds on the grounds of the at the Capitol in Salt Lake City are pictured on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Dave Stroud, daughter Ronnie and son Zak look over a tree that was felled by high winds at their home in the Avenues of Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Dave Stroud and his daughter Ronnie look over their tree damage due to high wind at their home in the avenues in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • A power pole that was snapped by high winds in the Avenues in Salt Lake City is pictured on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • A large tree rests on two cars in the Avenues in Salt Lake City after it was toppled by high winds on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Olivia Babcock pulls a branch from the street after wind toppled trees in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • A tree that was toppled by high winds in Salt Lake City is pictured on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • The windshield of a car that was damaged by toppled trees in Salt Lake City is pictured on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • A tree that was felled by high winds rests on a car in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Strong winds have blew a tree over in Salt Lake City near the 1800 South block of 200 East early Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Strong winds blew a tree over in Salt Lake City near the 1800 south block of 200 East early Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • The trunk of a large tree is all that is left after high winds toppled several of the trees in front of West High School in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Crews worked through the day sawing the broken trees and limbs for removal.

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  • Cylis DeLuna walks by a tree that was felled by high winds in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Andrea Behrman surveys the damage after her car was lifted by the roots of a fallen tree outside her house in Millcreek when severe winds struck the Wasatch Front on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Brandon Allred takes a photo of a tree that was toppled by high winds, destroying a pergola at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Whaley Webster stands under a tree in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City that was felled during a windstorm on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Alex Keele skateboards off of a fallen tree trunk onto a section of sidewalk that was raised when the tree fell during a windstorm in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Crews clear trees blocking the street at 1700 East and Hillcrest Avenue in Salt Lake City after severe winds struck the Wasatch Front on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • A large tree blocks 1500 East at 1300 South after it was toppled by high winds in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Pine trees toppled by high winds lay in a row in Sunnyside Park in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • A large tree that was cut into pieces after being felled by high winds near 1700 East and Yale Avenue in Salt Lake City is pictured on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • A fence that was damaged by high winds on 1500 East near 1000 South in Salt Lake City is pictured on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Nick Lee does a flip turn on his skateboard off a large piece of sidewalk that was lifted up after high winds toppled a large tree on 1500 East and 1300 South in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Joe Booth cuts the limbs off of a tree that fell on his house after high winds in the Avenues in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Joe Booth cuts the limbs off of a tree that fell on his house after high winds in the Avenues in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • A home damaged from a tree that was toppled by high winds in the Avenues in Salt Lake City is pictured on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • A semi is towed after rolling on I-15 after high winds toppled it in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Collin Stanley cuts branches from a tree that was snapped by high winds in his Salt Lake neighborhood on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Crews remove downed trees at the Governor’s Mansion in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, after they were toppled by high winds.

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  • Trees at Granite are toppled from high winds in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Trees lay across 900 West and 800 North in Salt Lake City after being toppled by high winds on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • A large tree rests on two cars in the Avenues in Salt Lake City after it was toppled by high winds on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Michael Montoya, Jorge Guzman and Eric Starkey and Isaac Perry move a piece of a tree that fell on Perry’s car during a windstorm in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • A tree that was felled by high winds rests on a car in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Nate Simpson walks by a fence that fell down in his backyard during a windstorm in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Haylee Chaffee walks by a fence that fell down in her backyard during a windstorm in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Anna Edler leans against an uprooted patch of grass still attached to the roots of a tree that was felled by high winds in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Elijah Counterman climbs on trees that were felled by high winds in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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  • Cylis DeLuna, right, helps his second cousin, Joshua Wheeler, off of a tree that was felled by high winds in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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