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Flooding, road damage in Moab, other Utah areas

Grand County Emergency Management seeking volunteers for clean-up efforts
Posted at 10:56 PM, Jun 21, 2024

MOAB, Utah — The streets have reopened, but that was not the case in several Utah locations, including Moab, for several hours early Friday evening.

Heavy rains that swept through most of the state caused considerable flooding in the eastern and southeastern areas.

Grand County Emergency Management advised of a Flash Flood Warning for Mill Creek at around 7 p.m., urging people to get to high ground and not enter flood waters.

The creek flooded out of its banks and over bridges at 400 East and 300 South, and authorities evacuated people in the area as a precaution. The Flash Flood Warning expired at 10:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the city announced that the Mill Creek Parkway Trail was closed due to the flooding:

Highway 191 in Moab was closed to traffic for a few hours Friday before most of it was later reopened. However, as of 10:45 p.m., the road remained shutdown at Spanish Trail Road to Lemon Lane due to a downed power line, with drivers being diverted northbound onto Roberts Road and southbound onto Spanish Valley Drive.

All other roads in Moab are opened, although Kane Creek from 500 West to Main Street is closed indefinitely.

The Utah Department of Public Safety showed a section of State Road 163 washed out due to water damage at milepost 28 just north of Mexican Hat. Officials warned of intermittent closures on SR-6 and 191 in Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan counties.

As the clean-up continues, Grand County Emergency Management is asking volunteers to track their efforts via a Google Form. The agency says the information may help the county secure further emergency funding for recovery efforts.

They're also encouraging residents whose homes or property may have been damaged to file a report using their dedicated self-reporting tool.