Flash flood warning for Garfield County

GARFIELD COUNTY – The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for west-central Garfield County in effect until 8:15 p.m. Monday.

Area subject to flash flood watch at 7:25 p.m., Garfield County, Utah, Aug. 18, 2014 | Image courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News
Area subject to flash flood watch at 7:25 p.m., Garfield County, Utah, Aug. 18, 2014 | Image courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News

At 5:15 p.m. Doppler Radar indicated a thunderstorm producing heavy rain over the Red Canyon area to the west of Bryce Canyon National Park, along state Route 12.

Radar rainfall estimates of over 1.5 inches fell within a short period of time.

Red Canyon is very prone to flash flooding.

Flash looding will remain over mainly rural areas of west central Garfield County.

Precautionary / Preparedness actions:

Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life.

“Get everybody. Don’t try to save personal belongings or vehicles,” Deputy Darrell Cashin, Search and Rescue Commander with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, said as a watchword for those confronting a flash flood.

A flash flood can happen with little or no warning and individuals may only have seconds to act before it’s too late.

After getting to higher ground, it is important for individuals to remain where they are until either the waters have receded to a safe depth or rescue has arrived.

When you think it’s safe, wait an hour longer

“Let it recede, let it pass,” Cashin said. “When you think it’s safe, wait an hour longer.”

Turn around, don’t drown

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