IRON COUNTY, Utah — Flooding was seen in parts of Cedar City Monday afternoon as the National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for parts of Washington, Iron and Kane County, including the southeastern section of Zion National Park.
The NWS later issued a new Flash Flood Warning for areas in and north of New Harmony, lasting until 9 p.m.
National park officials reported flooding in both the main canyon of Zion and tributaries feeding into the canyon from the east.
(Video below shows flooding on Fiddler Canyon Road in Cedar City / Courtesy: Kat Ortega)
An urban and small stream flood advisory was in effect for Cedar City through Enoch until 6 p.m. Video posted to social media by Jesse Harris showed water rushing down a street around 2:30 p.m. in the Ashdown Forest subdivision in Cedar City.
The NWS reports Cedar City received over 2.5 inches of rain, while areas northeast of Pinto were deluged with 6 inches over a three hour period Monday afternoon.
Heads up! Travelers along highway 56 northwest of New Harmony/West of Cedar City, expect ping pong ball sized hail and wind gusts of up to 60 mph with this now Severe thunderstorm. Additionally we are keeping an eye on heavy rainfall moving into Cedar City at this time #utwx pic.twitter.com/KF3Zwgzxfi— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) July 19, 2021
The East Fork of the Virgin River was placed under the warning near the park. Officials advised the public to "seek higher ground if recreating in these areas and do not attempt to cross through floodwaters on foot or in a vehicle."