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High wind warning canceled, 1 school remains closed in Davis County

High wind warning canceled, 1 school remains closed in Davis County

By Shara Park | Posted - Dec. 5, 2011 at 7:35 a.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The National Weather Service has canceled a high wind warning after a storm, less powerful than last Thursday's, was supposed to move through northern Utah overnight.

Some gusts hit 40 miles per hour around midnight then dwindled, according to KSL Meteorologist Grant Weyman.

Only one school -- Morgan Elementary in Kaysville -- remains closed today. The power went out there during Thursday's storm and hasn't been restored yet. The Davis County School District says all of its other schools will be open.

UTA says crews worked around the clock to get the Farmington FrontRunner station up and running in time for this morning's commute. The station was shut down Thursday due to damage from the wind storm.

Bountiful City said Monday morning that Sunday night's storm did not cause any significant damage largely due to the cleanup efforts earlier in the day. The Bountiful landfill is open and will be accepting debris throughout the day. There was only one power outage Sunday night and it was quickly fixed. Crews are working to restore power to one other Bountiful resident Monday morning.

Residents in Davis and Weber County spent their weekend cleaning up from last week's windstorm that devastated most of the county. Thousands worked to clear their yards of fallen trees and other debris. Many LDS churches even cancelled meetings so that all neighbors could spend the day serving each other.

Where to take waste from storm
Centerville temporary waste collection sites Green waste disposal:
  • East parking lot at the Community Park, 1300 N. 400 West.
  • LDS Stake Center, 400 E. 300 North.
  • East parking lot at Island View Park, 700 E. 600 South
  • Freedom Hills Park, 2150 N. Park Hills Dr.
  • East parking lot at the LDS Stake Center, 950 N. Main St.
Non-green waste disposal:
  • East parking lot for the LDS Stake Center, 400 E. 300 North.

They ask that no more waste be dropped off at the 1300 N. Frontage Rd. site.

Kaysville temporary waste collection site Both green and non-green waste:
  • 1285 S. Angel Street.

As the weaker storm blew in Sunday night there were a few power outages, but Rocky Mountain Power worked quickly to fix those. Some people in Davis County had their power knocked out during Thursday's storm and it didn't get restored until Sunday night.

With so many people trying to quickly clear out their yards, the line stretched for miles at the Davis County landfill. It's usually closed on Sundays but opened yesterday because of the demand. The debris filled the landfill to near-capacity.

Because of the long lines waiting to get into the landfill, Bountiful High School became a secondary drop-off point. Sunday afternoon, a steady procession of trucks, trailers and automobiles brought debris to the school.

It started out as an informal dump. Eventually city officials approved it.

Bountiful resident Sharee Kerr said, "They've done a phenomenal job. I take my hat off to them because they've been taking ibuprofen like crazy."

Another driver said, "It's still a pretty big mess but we're making some good progress."

Crews then loaded the debris into trucks to haul off to the landfill.

Governor Gary Herbert activated about 100 soldiers Sunday morning, after seeing just how significant and wide spread the damage is in Davis and Weber counties. The guardsmen were actually training for deployment to Afghanistan when they were asked to help residents in any way they could. In some areas that meant using huge trucks to haul debris to the dump. In other areas it was helping residents remove the debris from their homes.

Commander Chris Verson said, "It's actually a really good opportunity for us to execute a mission we weren't planning for."

Herbert called the amount of debris being cleared "very impressive" and gave credit to those volunteers working diligently to remove it.

Dallas Smith said, "Regardless of your church or your neighborhood, everyone's been good to volunteer."

The National Guard will continue to help in clean up efforts Monday.


Written with contributions from Shara Park.


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