UPDATE: Morning flood warning for Garfield, Kane, Wayne counties

UPDATE 12:20 — The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a flood warning for central Garfield, eastern Kane and southwestern Wayne counties, effective until 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Widespread long-duration rainfall is occurring over the area, including the Escalante, Boulder and Deer Creek drainages in Garfield and Kane counties. Small streams, dry washes and slots are anticipated to flood.

This rainfall is expected to continue through mid-afternoon.

Affected areas

Escalante, Boulder, Croton and Last Chance washes, Bullfrog, Halls Crossing and Dangling Rope Marina.

KANAB — The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a flood warning for southwestern Garfield and western Kane counties, effective until 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Dots denote affected areas at 9:15 a.m., Aug. 26, 2015 | Map courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge
Dots denote affected areas at 9:15 a.m., Aug. 26, 2015 | Map courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge

At 8:44 a.m., widespread long-duration rainfall was occurring over an area from Kanab Creek to the Wahweap Drainage in Kane County. Small streams, dry washes and slots are anticipated to flood. This rainfall is expected to continue until 11 a.m.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Kanab, Big Water, Henrieville, Cannonville and Kodachrome Basin State Park.

Precautionary/preparedness actions

Turn around. Don’t drown.

If you are traveling in this area for the next six hours, 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.

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.

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