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Another round of flooding possible as new flood warnings, watches issued

Flood watch 8-2
Posted at 10:11 AM, Aug 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-02 23:11:49-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Even as most of Utah cleans up and dries out from Sunday's heavy rains that caused widespread flooding, the chance of another round of floods is possible for Monday.

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A Flash Flood Watch went into effect at noon for a large part of the central and eastern portions of the state, including the Wasatch Mountains near Interstate 80. The watch is expected to remain up until 9 p.m.

The watch extends west to the Colorado border and all the way south to include Capitol Reef National Park.

A few areas in southern Utah were later upgraded to "warning" status, including two portions of Capitol Reef. The first warning lasts through 6 p.m. and includes Sheets Gulch, Burro Wash, Cottonwood Wash and portions of the Notom Road. The second warning for the park includes Upper and Lower Muley Twist and is in effect until 7:45 p.m.

Another warning area encompasses part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell) through 7:15 p.m.

Flood probabilities 8-2

Iron County, which experienced heavy flooding Sunday, and Washington County are not expected to receive additional flooding Monday.

The National Weather Service office in Salt Lake City says storms will develop in the early afternoon, with locally heavy rain expected. Those storms will "gradually diminish" by later Monday evening.

"The threat for showers and storms with heavy rain will persist today. Recent burn scars, normally dry washes, streams surrounded by steep terrain, slick rock and urban areas will be most at risk," the NWS tweeted Monday.