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Windstorm hits parts of SLC hard; Emergency declared

Posted at 10:58 PM, Sep 08, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — An emergency disaster declaration was announced Tuesday after historic trees and power lines snapped in Salt Lake City.

Nearly all parks were closed to the public after historic trees and limbs came crashing down.

In Liberty Park, it appears half of the trees sustained damage. Dozens were taken down entirely with root systems exposed above ground.

A tragedy also playing out with historic trees at the City County building.

“All of a sudden I hear a crash and we come out to check and not one but two of these trees just fell over,” said Tui Mana.

"It’s kind of scary right here,” said Bernard Gurele while trying to remove trees from one lane on 600 South.

Emergency crews were busy and construction vehicles blocked traffic from downed power lines and large trees on 200 East.