Salt Lake flood of 1983

Published: Thursday, April 21 2011 1:08 p.m. MDT

Tom Smart, Deseret News
Temperatures were in the 90s during Memorial Day weekend in 1983 when a previous winter's snowpack and runoff pushed City Creek over its banks, flooding State Street in downtown Salt Lake City. Volunteers turned out by the thousands to help with sandbags to protect buildings as communities across the state fought flooding and high water marks for weeks to come. Here are some photos captured from Deseret News photographers, as well as some archived front page images and links of the newspaper's coverage of that statewide flooding. Read a report from staff writer Steve Fidel and reaction from officials about the flooding some 28 years ago: Remembering the 1983 Salt Lake floods.
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Portland, OR

You didn't put in the story about the guy that pulled the trout out of the river going down State Street. I was in Utah going to school and working a Summer internship in SLC. I had to cross that bridge that you show in your photos to get to KSL Radio. How could you leave out the story of the fish being pulled out of the State Street River?

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

The archived paper is a trip!!! Lionel Playworld and Skaggs Drugs anyone?

Clearfield, UT

Hey, there's the Stokes Brothers where I bought my Commodore 64!

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

Someone told me that the cracks in the road on State Street acted like a sluice box where gold collected, and people snuck out after the flow was diverted and vacuumed it up. Don't know if it's true but it makes for a good story.

saltlake city, utah

Yes do know that year very well.
Right around the time I moved to Utah.
Come to Grip that was a messy flood Be aware may happen again!

Salt Lake City, UT

We just missed the flood by about a week as we moved to Texas.

Taylorsville, UT

What Utah should have been doing since '83 was building more dams and reservoirs. We live in a state that goes through a feast of famine water fall. Its fairly well known what our water fall cycle looks like. Im amazed that in a state that has suffered more than its share of droughts resulting in failed crops that we have not built a means to retain our feast.
I know that there are environment groups out there that seem to protest anything that changes the land. I find that there are so many messages coming from so many different groups as to discredit all of them. One group says we need Green energy wind turbines. While another claims the same wind turbines are killing birds.

Taylorsville, UT

We have the ability and the knowledge to harvest the great and abundant recourses of our state. We should be expanding our ability to retain as much water as we can. I also find it ironic that a desert state sends most of its water to California cites. Dont they have an entire ocean right there? Can they not in turn build desalinization plants, and if they get an excess they could turn around and sell it to use desert dwellers?

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