Major flooding in Hanksville near Capitol Reef National Park

Sep 2, 2021, 7:35 AM
Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Teresa Brian...
Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Teresa Brian

HANKSVILLE, Utah — Areas near Capitol Reef National Park are flooding again, and Hanksville is in especially bad shape.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office says several homes and businesses have extensive damage. Cars and camp trailers were swept away.

A five hundred gallon propane tank started to get carried away as well and released a cloud of propane. Hazmat crews from Green River got there and shut it off and secured it.

Several agencies came to help Wednesday afternoon and evening. Utah Highway Patrol troopers detoured travelers away from the flood. Sevier County and Emery County Sheriff’s offices went door to door checking on people to see if they needed to be rescued or evacuated. They also provided boats to go through the waters.

The post from Wayne County says all citizens and visitors are safe and accounted for. Now the cleanup has begun. They the Wayne Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and several businesses jumped in to help with manpower and supplies.

Other areas of Wayne County and Capitol Reef National Park got a lot of rain this week. Garfield County is also getting a lot of rain, and flash flood warnings and watches are in place throughout southern and central Utah.

There are warnings for the dirty devil river near poison springs. Larb Hollow in Wayne County has almost two inches of rain, Escalante in Garfield County has almost an inch and a half. Bryce Canyon almost an inch.

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Major flooding in Hanksville near Capitol Reef National Park