ST. GEORGE – A series of alerts issued by the National Weather Service Monday were vindicated as a severe thunderstorm crossed Washington County, impacting Washington City early and hard, flooding streets and homes, and later swelling the Virgin River significantly after a flash flood rushed through Fort Pearce Wash in the Bloomington Hills area of St. George.
An alert at 6:40 p.m.stated:
THE FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FORT PEARCE WASH ORIGINATING OUT OF ARIZONA AND FLOWING INTO UTAH HAS VERIFIED. THE FORT PEARCE WASH RIVER GAGE LOCATED SOUTH OF ST. GEORGE AS OF 6PM REPORTED A FLOW OF 7700 CFS. THE FLOW OF 7700 CFS IS A VERY DANGEROUS FLOOD AND IS MOVING TOWARDS THE AREA AROUND THE ST. GEORGE GOLF CLUB. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… IF YOU ARE NEAR THE FORT PEARCE WASH…TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO ENSURE FOR YOUR SAFETY
By 7:40 p.m the water beneath the Fort Pierce Bridge in Bloomington Hills went from bone dry to full swell about six feet below the bridge which was lined with spectators. St. George News caught the fiercely flowing water between 7:40 and 8 p.m. on video.
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Videocast by Dave Amodt, St. George News
As of 9:30 p.m. the swell did not press upstream into the Santa Clara River at its point of confluence with the Virgin River and thus no visible flooding occurred at the Southgate Golf Course or car dealerships along Hilton Drive as another alert had warned.
The Virgin River was noticeably full at the Man of War Bridge in Bloomington, rushing with similar strength and turmoil to what is seen in the Fort Pierce Bridge video included.
Related posts – earlier today
- News LIVE: Storm hits Washington, homes flooded; STGnews Photo Gallery
- Traffic Advisory: Downpour on I-15, standing water, standstill traffic
- SEVERE Thunderstorm; NWS: Move to interior room, lowest floor
Related posts – earlier this year
- State officials mandate Virgin River water cuts; future uncertain
- State restricts Virgin River water use to owners of pre-1901 rights; Public Meeting Notice
- Worst drought since 1989; Virgin River near record-breaking low
- Call for submissions: Virgin River Project photo contest
- Low snowpack, dry conditions possibly extending ‘significant drought’
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