State of Emergency declared after widespread flooding in Cedar City

Cedar City Flooding
Posted at 3:28 PM, Jul 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-27 00:13:34-04

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Cars could be seen half-submerged underwater as streets throughout Cedar City flooded Monday after rain continued to roll through parts of southern Utah. The National Weather Service estimates almost two inches of rain had fallen in the city, causing basement flooding and numerous road closures.

PHOTOS & VIDEO: Rain causes flooding on Cedar City streets

Cedar City Mayor Maile Edwards declared a State of Emergency as widespread flooding could be seen across the area. Crews were dispatched to assess the damage, which was extensive on both public and private property

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at the church building at 900 West Center Street for those unable to stay in their homes.

Cedar City Flooding
Flooding at an apartment complex near Southern Utah University

Video taken by Southern Utah University student showed the bottom floor of an apartment complex near complex almost completely flooded, and residents attempting to rescue anything that wasn't destroyed. A FOX 13 viewer shared video that showed a child's playhouse floating down a residential street during the worst of the flooding.

Sandbags are available at the city yard on Kitty Hawk.

A Flash Flood Warning includes parts of Iron County through 6 p.m., while another for Garfield County is set to expire at 6:45 p.m.

In Washington County, 60 mph wind gusts and half-dollar sized hail was reported near Apply Valley.

The warning came hours after a flash flood watch was issued Monday across seven counties, most of Zion National Park, especially near the Brian Head Burn Scar, and parts of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Draining along the Interstate 15 corridor in Iron County could be affected, so drivers should use caution.

Watches and warnings have been issued nearly every day for a week in the southern part of the state, as heavy rains have caused massive flooding in areas around Utah.

Flash flooding caused by heavy rain caused water to flow onto roadways in south Utah.

Water was flowing onto many roadways in Cedar City, including on Interstate 15 near mile marker 59.

Later Monday evening, Iron County Commissioner Paul Cozzens posted on Facebook that it was "great to see our community come together to help those in need."

He also informed residents that there is no charge this week for taking household waste from the flood to the landfill, and there are sandbags available at the County Road Shed on Kittyhawk.