CEDAR CITY — In anticipation of more rain and possibly more of the flooding that has devastated portions of Iron County, Cedar City and county officials have been working to clear drainages, channels, canals and ditches.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Southern Utah, starting Tuesday afternoon and remaining in effect until Wednesday evening.
Although weather service officials said on Monday they do not know how widespread the anticipated flooding will be, they did say at least a half inch of rain is expected to fall throughout many areas of Southwest Utah, including Washington, Iron, Kane, Garfield and Beaver counties.
Iron County Commissioner Paul Cozzens was operating a excavator Thursday morning in the area of 5600 North and 2300 West, where a breach in the ditch's walls had caused flooding in the area a little more than one week earlier.
Cozzens was still at it late Monday night, digging and clearing the channel farther south along 2300 West, near the Flying L subdivision, which was hit hard by the floods caused by the most recent storm. Also working in a separate excavator farther to the north was county auditor Dan Jessen, who lives in the area. Both were deepening the channel by digging dirt from the bottom and piling it up along the sides to shore them up by some 3 feet or more.