ST. GEORGE – A flood warning is in effect until Thursday at 3 p.m. in both Washington and Kane Counties.
According to the National Weather Service, the flooding is anticipated to come in two peaks. The first peak will arrive on the Virgin River system on Tuesday afternoon and again on Wednesday. The Santa Clara River is expected to peak Tuesday evening and early Thursday morning.
According to UDOT officials, Gunlock Reservoir reached its capacity earlier Monday evening and began flowing over the spillway. Construction at the Dixie Drive Interchange is directly downstream from the Gunlock Reservoir. Construction on the Dixie Drive Interchange and Convention Center Drive will continue without major setbacks, the Dixie Press was told today. Washington County Constructors is maintaining full productivity.
The NWS warned drivers that most flood deaths occur in automobiles and to never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway.
UDOT reopened U.S. 89 in Kane County where a landslide covered the road earlier this evening, according to Public Involvement Manager Kevin Kitchen. The slide, located north of Glendale, covered approximately 50 feet of road with debris estimated at three to four feet deep.
For the latest road closures and major incidents, travelers should dial 5-1-1 or visit www.commuterlink.utah.gov.