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Storms cause flooding, threats of flooding in central and southern Utah

By Carter Williams, KSL.com | Posted - Aug 21st, 2018 @ 5:42pm


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HOLDEN, Millard County — Storms throughout central and southern Utah are causing flooding and flash flood warnings for roads and recreation areas Tuesday afternoon.

Utah Emergency Management officials tweeted that flash flooding was likely for many parts of southern and central Utah Tuesday.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings across the lower half of the state, including for Capitol Reef National Park and the Trail Mountain Fire burn scar area in Emery County. The agency tweeted that a 1/2-inch of rain fell in a 30-minute span near where the fire burned about 18,000 acres in June and July.

“This may produce a debris flow that will impact Huntington Creek and the town of Huntington,” officials tweeted.

Each warning was set to expire by late Tuesday afternoon.

Zion National Park officials also tweeted that a flash flood warning was issued for the park at 1 p.m. Officials said the warning would last through 5 p.m. and that all slot canyons and the Narrows were closed until Tuesday evening.

Flooding also caused some delays for motorists in central Utah earlier Tuesday. Northbound I-15 was closed for more than an hour in a section about 5 miles north of Holden, according to Utah Department of Transportation officials. The freeway reopened shortly after 11:30 a.m.

State Route 50 was also closed in both directions for a little more than an hour before reopening just after noon.

Millard County sheriff's dispatch said heavy rain in the area has caused flooding in the area.

This story will be updated as soon as more information is made available.

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