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Flash flood warning issued for parts of Garfield, Kane Counties

Mudslide pictured at Bryce Canyon National Park on Saturday, July 24. Photo credit: Bryce Canyon National park.

SALT LAKE CITY — The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for parts of Garfield and Kane Counties Saturday evening through 11:15 p.m., including the drainage of Bullfrog Creek all the way to its confluence with Lake Powell. 

The warning, issued at 8:08 p.m., includes south central Garfield County and northeastern Kane County. According to the NWS alert, thunderstorms moved into the warning area just after 8 p.m. capable of dropping a half-inch to an inch of rain. 

A flash flood warning means flooding is either ongoing or is expected to begin shortly. 

Flash flood warning caps off wet day for southern Utah

The warning came on top of a day full of alerts from forecasters about the potential for flash flooding in portions of southern Utah.

By early Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning which included Kane County, Utah, and then for the town of Glendale, where the NWS said two inches (or more) of rain had fallen. 

Next, the NWS issued a flash flood warning to include Bryce Canyon, Tropic and Cannonville, Utah, and the city of Hildale, Utah. Hildale was also the subject of a severe thunderstorm warning for a portion of the afternoon on Saturday. That storm was reported to be “nearly stationary near the Pine Valley area, with heavy rain, quarter sized hail, and 60 mph winds expected.”


 

By Saturday, mid-afternoon, a flash flood warning had been issued for Iron and Washington Counties as well as areas including Kolob Canyon and Zion National Park, where flash flooding was reported near the Virgin River.

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Forecasters point out that most flash flood deaths occur in vehicles and advise that if you see water over a road, you should never try to drive across it. 

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