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Sudden, heavy rainfall causes flooding in Moab

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MOAB — Heavy concentrated rainfall caused sudden flooding outside of Moab Friday morning that almost caused problems for a few people that were Jeeping.

Raelene Blocker was riding in her Jeep on the Poison Spider Trail outside of Moab in light rain, but a heavy downpour came through as they were driving in their car back to Moab. Blocker caught some video of the flooding, and she says a boulder was knocked loose from the flow of water and hit their car on SR 279.

"There was waterfall after waterfall, and rocks and debris were washing the roads out," Blocker said. "There were campers and climbers, and as we were going down they were heading up. We were Ok, but the other ones up there, ya I'm scared for them."

Blocker said the streets in downtown Moab were flooded as well. Grand County Sheriff Steve White said Highway 128 was flooded, and Kane Creek Road was closed for about 45 minutes due to debris on the road, but has since been reopened.

According to White, one house was damaged by the runoff.

The rainfall is expected to continue through the night and into Saturday morning, but will clear up in the afternoon. No flash flooding warnings have been issued.


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