Flooding affects parts of southern Utah

Posted at 2:19 PM, Sep 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-12 00:14:56-04

Heavy rains led to flooding in southern Utah, especially the city of Santa Clara where city leaders have issued a disaster declaration after rainwater swelled and broke a dike, which destroyed residences and several business Tuesday afternoon.

Evacuations are in place for 30 homes in the Vineyard area due to flooding. St. George police say one home was surrounded by flood waters and others are threatened.

As of 5 p.m., homeowners were allowed to go back and assess the damage as much of the water has since receded.

PHOTOS: Santa Clara flooding

The broken dike is located along Tuacah Wash, between Santa Clara baseball fields and directly west of Snow Canyon Middle School in St. George.

Santa Clara Boulevard / Sunset Boulevard is closed between Santa Clara Parkway and Tuweap Drive. Pioneer Parkway is shut down from Lava Cove Drive to Red Mountain.

The National Weather Service has issued another flash flood warning for Washington County that expired at 4:45 p.m. A flood watch remain in effect until 10 p.m.

A flash flood warning was issued for Wayne County and Capitol Reef National Park that expired at 4:15. Roads in and out of the park are closed.

The National Weather Service reports 3.25" of rain has fallen Tuesday. That water is the cause of the flooding. The NWS also reports widespread flooding in Washinton County and says a flood warning will remain in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Zion National Park reports widespread flooding there. High water levels are reported along the Beaver Dam and the Santa Clara River.

Experts say drivers should not attempt to drive into areas where water is covering the road.

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Schools affected by flooding (via

9/11/2012 - 3:45pm - END
Flood Update--At this time students that normally ride the bus are being transported home in the affected areas--although a few buses may be running late. Arrangements have been made with the parents of students that normally walk home to ensure they get home safely in those areas. Thank you to parents and community members for helping us work through this situation.

9/11/2012 - 2:38pm - UPDATE
Students at Arrowhead elementary will be dismissed at the regular time. Any students living in the flooded area will be held at the school until a parent comes to pickup or authorities deem it safe to transport by bus. Parents are welcome to pickup their students at the school at the regular time.

9/11/2012 - 2:18pm - UPDATE
Schools Announcement - Santa Clara Elementary, Snow Canyon High, Snow Canyon Middle will be dismissed at regular time today. Be aware busses may be running late and parents may pickup children at schools if they desire at the regular time.

9/11/2012 - 2:00pm - START
Students that live in the Santa Clara valley will be held at school until authorities have deemed it safe to transport students into the area of Santa Clara valley or Gunlock. Students that live on the Santa Clara Heights, Ivins, Dixie Downs areas will be dismissed and transported home at the regular time today - (As of 2:00pm - 9/11/2012)