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25 years ago

With Eagle Gate, the Beehive House and the Church Office Building in the background, the cover of the June 12, 1983, Church News shows people crossing a bridge over Salt Lake City's State Street river.

Deep winter snow and a heavy spring runoff created flooding problems along the Wasatch Front and in other areas of Utah.

One article stated: "Throughout the disaster, more than 50,000 individuals statewide have been involved in volunteer efforts, from sandbagging to cleanup to flood and slide watches. Church leaders have no estimates as to how many volunteers were Mormons."

A statement from the First Presidency praising the quick response to the potentially devastating situation was printed in the Church News.

There was also an excerpt from a letter written by Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson to President Spencer W. Kimball: "When it became apparent on Sunday, May 29, that we would have to erect levees along State Street to protect the downtown area of the city, one phone call to Pres. Don Ostler of the Salt Lake Monument Park Stake yielded 2,000 volunteers in one hour."