SALT LAKE CITY -- President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Utah following a Dec. 1 wind storm and is ordering federal aid to help recovery efforts.
Obama's announcement Wednesday means state and local governments and certain nonprofits can apply for money to repair and replace damaged facilities.
Federal funds are also available for hazard mitigation projects around Utah.
Winds as high as 102 mph ripped through Utah Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, toppling semi-trucks, blowing debris through neighborhoods, knocking out power lines, and forcing school and business closures. The storm caused millions of dollars in damages, mostly in Davis County.
FEMA chief W. Craig Fugate has named Gary R. Stanley to coordinate the federal recovery efforts in Utah.