Family of five, including young children, rescued in Snow Canyon flash flooding

Mar 16, 2023, 7:46 AM | Updated: 7:51 am
Washington County search and rescue work to help a family that became stranded due to flash floodin...
Washington County search and rescue work to help a family that became stranded due to flash flooding in Johnson Canyon on Wednesday, March 16, 2023. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
(Washington County Sheriff's Office)

IVINS, Utah— A family of five from southern Florida is safe after they were caught on the wrong side of a flash flood Wednesday in Washington County.

Darrell Cashin, Head of Washington County Search and Rescue said the family was trapped on the other side of a river around 4:30 p.m.

Cashin said rescue team members traveled upstream to cross the waters, their goal to establish one end of a highline, which they used to get everyone out one at a time.

The family, including a six-, four- and two-year-old were all a bit cold when they got into an ambulance but later left on their own according to officials.

Flood warnings going forward

Flash flooding is still going to be a concern through at least the next week, according to National Weather Service Lead Meteorologist Christine Kruse.

Kruse is urging anyone living near or preparing a trip to southern Utah to avoid slot canyons for the foreseeable future.

As of Thursday morning, the flood warnings and advisories were as follows:

  • an area flood warning for Zion National Park,
  • a flood advisory on the south side of Pine Valley, including Snow Canyon, and
  • flood warnings for parts of the Virgin and Santa Clara Rivers, affecting St. George and Bloomington

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Family of five, including young children, rescued in Snow Canyon flash flooding