Parts of southern Utah hit by flash floods

Posted at 12:27 PM, Jul 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-21 01:24:35-04

WAYNE COUNTY, Utah — Flash flood warnings were issued Tuesday as severe weather continues in parts of southern Utah.

Southwestern Garfield County and central Kane County were under a warning until 9:45 p.m.

Earlier in the day, sections of Capitol Reef and other locations in Wayne County were under a warning that expired at 3:15 p.m. An inch of rain fell in the area between 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Another warning was also in place in parts of Bryce Canyon National Park, Garfield County and Kane County until 6:45 p.m., and for the second time in the same day, Capitol Reef National Park was under warning until 8 p.m. for Upper and Lower Muley Twist Canyon and the nearby portion of the Burr Trail.

Ranger Shuana Cotrell said she noticed nearly a dozen waterfalls coming off cliffs.

Capitol Reef flooding

The National Weather Service says active flooding was seen in and around the park in Sulphur Creek and tributaries.

Park officials closed the Scenic Drive in the park beyond the fee station until further notice. It's not yet known when the road will reopen.

A separate flash flood warning was issued for southwestern Iron County and northwestern Washington County until 5:15 p.m.

In Garfield County, State Route 143 was temporarily closed due to flooding.

Flash flooding near Panguitch
Flash flooding near Panguitch
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Flash flooding near Panguitch