Flash flood warning issued for Kane County

A flash flood warning for south central Kane County has been issued, effective until 9 p.m. today. This file photo shows flooding in the Virgin River in Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah, Sept. 9, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Zion National Park, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a flash flood warning for south central Kane County.

At 7:22 p.m., heavy rainfall from earlier thunderstorms fell over the Paria River drainage near Utah and the Arizona border as well as the Wahweap Wash and the Smoky Mountain Road, according to the National Weather Service.

The potential for flash flooding in these areas continues through 9 p.m. tonight. This storm will produce flash flooding that will impact drainages in or near the town of Big Water.

Flash floods are also expected in the area of Wahweap Creek to the terminus at Lake Powell and the Paria River near the Utah/Arizona border.

Precautionary/preparedness actions

Flooding is imminent, and it is important to know where you are in relation to streams, rivers or creeks which can become killers in heavy rains, and campers or hikers should avoid these areas until the storm passes.
Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life.

Turn around. Don’t drown.

If you are traveling in these areas, be aware of flash flooding and avoid any washes and dry slots.
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.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway.  The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely.

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The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a flash flood warning for south central Kane County, Sept. 2, 2016 | Graph courtesy National Weather Service, SLC, St. George News
The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a flash flood warning for south central Kane County, Sept. 2, 2016 | Graph courtesy National Weather Service, SLC, St. George News

 

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