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.

15 State Street sandbag chain
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Volunteers pass sandbags across State Street in downtown Salt Lake City in 1983.

14 May 29, 1983

Wet weekend anything but a holiday

See archived paper here.

13 May 30, 1983

Storms threaten to aggravate flood nightmare

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12 1300 South floods
Ravell Call, Deseret News archives

A pedestrian crosses 1300 South during the floods of 1983 in Salt Lake City.

11 May 31, 1983

Mud churns out of several Utah canyons

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10 June 2, 1983

Davis digs itself out of the mire — and waits

See archived paper here.

9 Crossing State Street
Ravell Call, Deseret News archives

Pedestrians cross the State Street river of water during the floods of 1983 in Salt Lake City.

8 June 3, 1983

Federal aid extended to 3 more counties

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7 June 4, 1983

Davis residents go home as the damage is assessed

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6 Liberty Park floods
Ravell Call, Deseret News archives

Liberty Park area during the floods of 1983 in Salt Lake City.

5 June 1, 1983

Bountiful hit by a wall of water and mud

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4 June 7, 1983

S.L. County streams threaten more bridges

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3 Volunteers sandbag
Paul Barker, Deseret News archives

Volunteers help sandbagging efforts in Salt Lake City during the floods of 1983.

2 June 9, 1983

Floodfighters finally get the weather on their side

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1 State Street river
Ravell Call, Deseret News archives

Pedestrians cross the State Street river of water during the floods of 1983 in Salt Lake City.