Flash flooding, mudslides reported in Utah County

UTAH COUNTY, Utah, Aug. 8, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Flash flooding and mudslides are affecting residents of Utah County Thursday evening.

Residents in Loafer Canyon are being evacuated due to a flash flood, said a tweet from Utah County Sheriff’s Office at 7:30 p.m.

There are no reports of injuries; there is no information yet on the extent of property damage, the tweet said.

Loafer Canyon is south of Salem in Utah County.

In addition, a mudslide is being reported above the Grotto, seven miles up Payson Canyon, said a follow-up tweet. The incident is occurring in the area of last year’s Bald Mountain Fire.

Utah Highway Patrol is also responding to a report of a mudslide across U.S Highway 6 at mile 202, in the Tie Fork Rest area in Spanish Fork Canyon. The road has some four miles of debris, officials said.

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A tweet from UHP at 10 p.m. said: “U.S. Highway 6 will be closed until at least noon tomorrow. Three to five feet of mud in spots from mile marker 198-203. Five semis are stuck in the debris fields. Crews will work to get them out overnight and into morning. No know passenger cars were seen in the debris fields. We will use our helicopter as soon as conditions permit to survey the area for anything crews on the ground may have missed in the debris flow.”

Traffic from Price is being diverted at SR-191 and traffic from Spanish Fork is diverted at U.S. Highway 89.

A tweet from the Utah Department of Transportation said there is debris in both directions of U.S. Highway 89 at mile post 305 near Birdseye. One lane is open with alternating traffic.

The tweets said that more information will be provided as it becomes available.

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