Flash flood warning issued for St. George area, Zion as heavy rains continue
UPDATE: Another flash flood warning was issued at 6:23 p.m. for south central Washington County.
Thunderstorms dropped heavy rain over the Virgin River bottoms near Washington City and drainages to the north including Qual Creek and Mill Creek. Those traveling along Interstate 15 or living in Washington City are urged to take measures to ensure their safety immediately.
Radar estimates that more than an inch of rain fell in less than 30 minutes in the area.
Locations expected to experience flooding include St. George, Washington, Hurricane, La Verkin, Toquerville, Leeds and Bloomington.
According to a press release. the Dammeron Valley Fire Department heard about heavy rain and flooding about 5:30 p.m. Heavy rain near State Route 18 made the road impassable for a while and then emergency calls came of homes in the area flooding.
The roadway was cleared at 6:45 p.m. allowing more resources to have access for assessment and aid.
Volunteers from the community, including the Wasatch County Search & Rescue responded to help fill sandbags. Other departments also assisted with emergency manpower.
No injuries have been reported.
(KUTV) — A flash flood warning has been issued for southern Utah that includes St. George, Utah, and Zion National Park.
The National Weather Service issued warnings for areas in Washington County. Radar indicated thunderstorms are producing heavy rains over Zion National Park. Areas anticipated to experience flooding includes the Virgin River, North Creek Dry Creed and smaller watersheds in the park. Those in Zion or in areas to the south and southwest are urged to take immediate steps to ensure your safety.
Heavy rain was also falling in and around the Santa Clara River, including Snow Canyon State Park and tributaries and leading into the park. Some estimates include areas that have received up to 1.5 inches in the past hour. Intense rainfall is widespread through this area, according to the NWS.
Radar indicated over an inch of rain fell over a wide area around St. George.
St. George and the areas expected to have flooding includes Santa Clara, Ivins, Gunlock, Veyo and Snow Canyon State Park.
Locations that will experience flooding near Zion includes and Springdale, Virgin and Rockville.
Earlier in the day Zion experienced extreme weather and damage in the Emerald Pool areas.