Southern Utah Apparently Dodges More Flooding

Southern Utah Apparently Dodges More Flooding

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Despite concerns that floodwaters would again rise in Southern Utah over the weekend, little damage was reported immediately Saturday.

By morning, the National Weather Service had canceled a flash flood watch for Utah, Washington, Kane and extreme southwest San Juan Counties.

Officials said the heaviest rainfall from the current storm had already moved on, and runoff had already peaked at most locations. The NWS expected a decrease in rivers and streams within 24 hours.

The warnings struck a nerve in an area still reeling from last month, after the Santa Clara River overflowed its banks, swallowed dozens of homes and caused millions of dollars in damage.

The new storms weren't expected to be as destructive or rainy, but the National Weather Service said remaining instability in river and stream banks and rising water levels could cause failure in some areas, especially along the Santa Clara.

Early estimates from Washington County placed the damage at roughly $160 million, with another $100 million possibly needed for river reclamation efforts.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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