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Record rainfall leads to flooding, power outages in Cedar City

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Posted at 7:52 PM, Jul 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-27 22:39:37-04

SOUTHERN UTAH – Heavy rainfall set a new record for one-day precipitation at Cedar City Airport, flooded several homes and caused power outages on Saturday.

The National Weather Service tweeted that the previous record for one-day precipitation at the Cedar City Airport was 2.10 inches, which was set on September 24, 1967. As of about 7 p.m. Saturday, the airport had already received 2.22 inches of precipitation.

Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower spoke to FOX 13 News as he was filling sandbags, and he said as of about 7:40 p.m. they have had at least 30 homes flooded.

He said there have been minor accidents on freeways and other roads due to the flooding. Photos submitted by FOX 13 viewers show parking lots and roads covered in water.

A roof collapsed due to the rainfall at Metalcraft Technologies, located at 526 Aviation way. When fire crews arrived, they had to shut down a broken gas line in the building. No one was hurt in the collapse.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for several Utah counties in central, southern and southwest Utah Saturday.

The watch indicated numerous showers and thunderstorms would develop and move into southern Utah. Click here for the latest weather watches and warnings.