SOUTHERN UTAH – Many in Washington County awoke to mud smeared streets and rubble Wednesday after a torrential downpour, lit up by countless lightning bolts across the sky, plummeted on Utah’s Dixie Tuesday night.
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Reporting in across the area, although there is considerable mud and debris that can stand a good cleanup, no serious disasters are reported.
An Emergency Operations Center, or EOC, was formed around 9 p.m. at the city offices, said Marc Mortensen, assistant to the city manager. City officials and representatives from each city department were on hand in order to coordinate responses to Tuesday night’s downpour.
Around 10 streets throughout the city were seriously impacted by the rains, some of which were shut down due to the volume of water covering them. On some of those streets drainage infrastructure was overwhelmed and flooded water mixed with mud and debris.
During the storm a retaining wall behind a business on St. George Boulevard collapsed and rocks from the Red Hill fell onto 200 East by the city offices.
No serious damage was done to public infrastructure, Mortensen said, though he noted that several of homes and businesses reported localized flooding on their respective properties.
An inch of rain is estimated to have hit St. George in an hour, he said.
Clean up efforts are likely to continue for at least a week as crews work to clear the streets, sidewalks and city trails of mud and debris.
City officials are asking residents to exercise caution while walking through places that haven’t been cleared yet, as loose gravel and other debris may be present.
While flooding, debris and other accidents were reported in the City of St. George after the Tuesday night rainstorm, the aftermath in Washington City was minimal.
A few city streets needed cleanup, but trenches and sandbags were still in place from the previous storm last week, Washington City Fire Chief Brent Hafen said. Property owners, who suffered from the last storm, still had their sandbags in place and no extensive damage was reported.
“We were more prepared this time around,” Hafen said. “There was nothing major only a few front yards flooded.”
LaVerkin and Hurricane
With the weight of the damage at the southern end of Washington County, no official reports were given regarding damage or disasters in the LaVerkin and Hurricane areas, but lightning shows were present from the storm as shown in videocast below.
Videocast by T.S. Romney
The storm brought a lighter rainstorm to Iron County with no damage, accidents or flooding reported to Cedar City officials or Cedar City Police Department.
News Reporters Mori Kessler, Devan Chavez and T.S. Romney and Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic contributed to this report.
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