Heavy rain slams southern Utah; Dammeron Valley flooded

Heavy rain gushed into several southern Utah areas Thursday, bringing flooding and triggering multiple flash flood warnings from the National Weather Service. (Photo: Jeremy Harris / KUTV)

(KUTV) — Heavy rain gushed into several southern Utah areas Thursday, bringing flooding and triggering multiple flash flood warnings from the National Weather Service.

Authorities in southern Utah responded to reports of flooding after monsoonal rains slammed the area Thursday afternoon. The worst of the flooding appeared to be in Dammeron Valley where 18 homes flooded and mud and water spilled over into roadways.

Emergency responders are filling sandbags at the fire station to try to help contain the flooding. Initial reports indicate several homes were flooded and rain continues to fall in the area.

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.

State Route 18 was closed briefly in the area but has since reopened.

2News has a crew in Dammeron Valley and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

Four separate flash flood warnings were issued for southern Utah Thursday. Warnings are made when radar detects heavy rains in areas likely to flood. They were for:

  • Southwestern Garfield County
  • East central Washington County
  • Southwestern Washington County
  • South central Washington County

The warnings were for many southern Utah cities that included:

  • St. George
  • Washington
  • Hurricane
  • La Verkin
  • Toquerville
  • Leeds
  • Bloomington
  • Santa Clara
  • Ivins
  • Gunlock
  • Veyo
  • Snow Canyon State Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Virgin
  • Springdale
  • Rockville
  • Henrieville
  • Tropic
  • Cannonville
  • Kodachrome Basin State Park

David Rankin captured flooding of the Paria River from Thursday in a video he consented to share with 2News. It shows the flowing mud and water that is a rare occurrence.


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