Flash flood warning for Kane County: Wahweap Creek, Paria River

UPDATE: At 4:57 p.m., the NWS updated the flash flood warning to include southwestern Kane County, effective until 9 p.m. Flash flooding is expected through Buckskin Gulch, as well as across the Wave and House Rock Valley Road.

KANE COUNTY — The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a flash flood warning for central Kane County effective until 11 p.m. Sunday.

Dots indicate the area subject to flood warning, 3:55 p.m., Aug. 30, 2015, Kane County | Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News | Click map to enlarge
Dots indicate the area subject to flood warning, 3:55 p.m., Aug. 30, 2015, Kane County | Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News | Click map to enlarge

At 3:54, Doppler Radar indicated thunderstorm producing heavy rainfall over the headwaters at Wahweap Creek, as well as tributaries of the Paria River. A swath of rainfall in excess of 1 inch has already fallen, with additional storms moving into the area into early evening.

A flood wave is expected to move down Wahweap Creek through the evening hours, reaching Big Water by late evening. An additional flood wave is expected to move down the Paria River over the course of the evening.

Precautionary/preparedness actions

Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life. Remain alert for flooding even in locations not receiving rain. Dry washes, streams and rivers can become raging killer currents in a matter of minutes, even from distant rainfall.

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