A huge effort that spanned from the tiniest hands delivering hot chocolate to men driving National Guard dump trucks and backhoes changed the face of debris-filled neighborhoods Sunday.
Fearing another wind storm that could create more damage with debris from Thursday's storm, a massive response involving thousands of volunteers to haul away uprooted trees and broken yard furniture sprang up early Sunday morning.
The effort began with an emergency declaration issued at 8 a.m. by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, primarily for Bountiful, Centerville, Farmington and Kaysville.
The work force grew out of activated emergency response systems both statewide and in local communities and the deployment of about 200 National Guardsmen.
Utah Department of Transportation workers also assisted with their equipment.
Local churches dismissed meetings and asked members to help where needed.
"The community came out in unbelievable force and helped out with this effort to make it a great success," said Sgt. Susan Poulsen, public information officer with the Davis County Sheriff's Office, speaking from the county's activated Emergency Operations Center.
"I think it's actually a shining example to the rest of the world," said Layton Mayor Steve Curtis about the volunteer efforts he witnessed Sunday.
Curtis talked about how the first tier of emergency response is about families helping families and neighbors helping neighbors. He said Sunday was a prime example.
Farmington resident Jim Smith, the first counselor in the Oak Ridge ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said he was in an early-morning meeting with the bishopric when the call came, alerting them that the Oak Ridge LDS stake's emergency response system had been activated.
"We sent the word out by 8 o'clock this morning," Smith said. "Each LDS ward was to meet and help clean up what was left."
Smith said his stake has a well-organized emergency response system that proved itself Sunday.
Many other area denomination also participated in the cleanup.
Utah Division of Emergency Management Public Information Officer Joe Dougherty said church cancellations were key to the success of the effort.
"That's why people were able to make such a big difference," he said.
The cleanup was a huge benefit in helping with the power lines, he said.
"The bulk of the damage has already been done," he said and noted the desire to keep future damage to a minimum.
Temporary collection spots for debris were set up, especially in Centerville, in city parks and other open areas.
The Davis County landfill opened for free dumping Sunday and drew many visitors.
Dougherty said at one point there was a 30-minute wait to get into the landfill and that by 6:30 p.m., the facility was closing its doors to anyone new in line.
Utah National Guard Public Information Officer Maj. Bruce Roberts said Sunday's deployment was the largest the Utah Guard has experienced since the Herriman Machine Gun Fire last year.
Roberts said he expects another 200 guardsmen to be deployed today.
He's hoping to garner enough volunteers so only a limited number of guardsmen will have to be taken away from their civilian jobs.