Flash flood warnings issued for central Washington County, Zion National Park

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah, July 12, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — The National Weather Service has issued more flash flood warnings for central Washington County Thursday evening.

The warning has been issued for a large area of central Washington County including St. George, Washington City, Hurricane, Ivins, Santa Clara, Veyo, La Verkin, Toquerville, Leeds, Pine Valley and Pintura, according to tweets from the NWS Salt Lake. These warnings will be in place until 9:30 p.m.

At 6:35 p.m., Doppler radar indicated a thunderstorm producing heavy rain over over the Santa Clara River, Brush Creek, Ash Creek and Leap Creek, according to Washington County Emergency Services page on Facebook.

Current radar rainfall estimates indicate over 2.5 inches of rain has fallen in some areas, the update said.

“If you are traveling through the area please take measures to ensure your safety now,” the update goes on.

Zion National Park tweeted the Narrows and all slot canyons are closed until at least 11:15 p.m. Thursday.

The park said on its Facebook page: “The recent storm that hit Zion packed quite a punch. We received almost three inches of rain in three hours last night, July 11.

“The Virgin River did experience a flash flood yesterday evening and was running at 5,410 cubic feet per second. This is a huge change compared to the 30.9 cubic feet per second flow that morning at 6:45 a.m. Flash floods are very serious, and visitors should always be aware of the flash flood potential during their visit to Zion.”

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.



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