SOUTHERN UTAH — The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a flash flood warning for eastern Washington and northwestern Kane counties in effect until 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.
At 2:18 p.m., Doppler Radar indicated that heavy rainfall has been falling over the Shingle Burn scar. Runoff from this rainfall will flow into the east fork of the Virgin River, which will impact the southern end of Zion National Park.
Radar estimates indicate that up to three-quarters of an inch of rainfall has fallen on the burn scar over a 30-minute period. It is expected that this amount of rainfall will result in a debris flow, which could impact the east fork of the Virgin River. People living or recreating in this area should take action to ensure their safety.
Orderville, Springdale, Glendale and Mt. Carmel
Precautionary, preparedness actions
Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life.
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.
“Remain alert for flooding even in locations not receiving rain,” the National Weather Service said. “Dry washes, streams and rivers can become raging killer currents in a matter of minutes, even from distant rainfall.”
Turn around. Don’t drown.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and the National Weather Service offer safety rules for flash flooding:
- Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation
- Flash flood waves, moving at incredible speeds, can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and bridges and scour out new channels. Killing walls of water can reach heights of 10 to 20 feet. You will not always have warning that these deadly, sudden floods are coming. When a flash flood warning is issued for your area or the moment you first realize that a flash flood is imminent, act quickly to save yourself. You may have only seconds.
- Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. The road bed may not be intact under the water. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road. If the vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground. Rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and its occupants and sweep them away
- Do not hike rivers and especially slot canyons while flash flood warnings are in place
- Do not hike alone and always tell someone where you and your buddy and others are going
- Get out of areas subject to flooding, including dips, low spots, canyons and washes
- Avoid already flooded and high velocity flow areas. Do not try to cross a flowing stream on foot where water is above your knees
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions
During any flood emergency, stay tuned to your NOAA weather radio, commercial radio or television, follow St. George News at STGnews.com and St. George News Facebook for weather alerts and updates relevant to Southern Utah. Information from the National Weather Service and disaster and emergency services may save your life.
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