Flash flood warning issued for Washington, Kane counties

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ST. GEORGE — Storms moving over eastern Washington County have triggered a flash flood warning Thursday until 2:30 p.m.

Map shows region subject to flash flooding in eastern Washington County and western Kane County. Radar image generated at 10:41 a.m. MDT, Oct. 11, 2018 | Image courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News

Just after 10:30 a.m., Zion National Park rangers reported rain that has been falling over the last 3 hours has resulted in approximately .30-.40 inches, and additional rainfall will likely produce up to 1 inch through midday.

Several water falls were reported along the Scenic Drive in Zion National Park, as well as a report of flash flooding in the Echo Canyon area.

All slot canyons in the vicinity of the Scenic Drive and the southeastern portions of the park are expected to experience flash flooding through early this afternoon.

Specific locations that are forecast to experience flooding include Zion National Park, Springdale and Rockville.


A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property.

In hilly terrain there are hundreds of washes and low-water crossings that are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route.

During any flood emergency, stay tuned to official weather reports via radio, television and social media. Cell phone users can also sign up to receive weather alerts as text messages. You can also follow St. George News and Cedar City News for weather alerts and updates relevant to Southern Utah.

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  • Carpe Diem October 11, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I’m thankful that we don’t live in a perpetual disaster zone like Florida. I would take two feet of snow every year instead of what they have to put up with.

    • Real Life October 11, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      We all wish you did live there. Or maybe try a nicer place like say Syria.

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