Gov. Gary Herbert tours wind damage in northern Utah, praises volunteers

Posted at 5:25 PM, May 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-01 22:33:49-04

NORTHERN UTAH -- Governor Gary Herbert toured the wind damage in northern Utah Sunday, visiting parks, homes and debris collection sites.

The strong winds caused crashes, uprooted trees and created power outages throughout the weekend.

Gov. Herbert said he wanted to get a sense of the damage the storm caused overnight, and FOX 13 News caught up with him during a stop in Kaysville.

“The good news is, it's pretty well under control,” Herbert said Sunday afternoon. “Again our state, our local communities, county and cities, have worked together in a cohesive unit, and of course backfilled with volunteerism, people stepping up, you know, coming out and saying: 'We can lend a helping hand.'"

The Governor also tweeted out an image of volunteers working with the caption "We are Utah."

Herbert toured the drop-off site in Kaysville, a few parks in Centerville and a home in Farmington where the structure’s roof was removed. He then traveled to Ogden to survey the damage in that area.

As of Sunday evening around 5 p.m., about 8,900 customers in the Ogden and Layton areas remained without power.