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Pioneer Day brings flash floods to southern Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Jul. 24, 2020 at 8:46 p.m. | Posted - Jul. 24, 2020 at 3:03 p.m.


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BIG WATER, Kane County — A flash flood warning is in effect Friday evening for the town of Big Water in Kane County, according to the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City.

The flood warning will be in effect until 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

Flash flood warnings were issued earlier Friday for portions of Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef National Park in southern Utah, authorities said. Heavy rainfall accumulated near Bryce Canyon National Park and the headwaters of the Paria River.

The communities of Tropic, Cannonville and Henrieville in Garfield County, as well as the Paria River watershed south through Kane County, were under the flash flood warning until Friday evening, the weather service said.

Cannonville received 0.75 inches of rain in 20 minutes on Friday afternoon, the weather service reported.

Fruita, Torrey, Grover and the central portion of Capitol Reef National Park in Wayne County were also under a flash flood warning earlier Friday, the weather service said.

A third flash flood warning for an area south of Zion National Park, including Hildale, was in effect until 4:30 p.m., according to the weather service.

Capitol Reef experienced flash flooding Thursday, but no injuries were reported.

Southern Utah has been experiencing monsoon weather patterns this week, with isolated thunderstorms in the forecast. Heavy rain will be possible for areas of southern and eastern Utah through Friday evening.

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