Heavy rain, flooding hits Wasatch Front, Tooele area

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Posted at 7:55 PM, Aug 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-02 01:39:23-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A portion of the Wasatch Front in northern Utah is experiencing thunderstorms and heavy rain Sunday evening.

The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning shortly before 7 p.m. In included portions of Salt Lake, Davis, Weber and Tooele counties.

The warning was in place through 7:30, but was later extended to 8 p.m. The National Weather Service later provided an update that the storm had "weakened below severe
limits, and no longer poses an immediate threat to life or property."

The warning expired at 8 p.m., but the NWS says gusty winds are still possible, as well as "urban and small stream flooding" in both the Salt Lake Valley and Tooele County through at least 9:30 p.m.

Streets in downtown Salt Lake City, Tooele, and other areas have been flooded.

A stretch of southbound I-215 near 3300 South was covered in water from the storm. The Utah Department of Transportation estimates that it will be cleared by about 9:40 p.m., but it has not been closed to traffic.

UDOT also announced that Big Cottonwood Canyon is closed due to weather and road conditions, and it will remain closed through the night.

A short time later, Little Cottonwood Canyon was also closed.

Many other highways and portions of freeways across the state have been fully or partially closed due to flooding. The latest traffic updates can be found on UDOT's website or Twitter account.

The NWS, as well as the Salt Lake City Police Department, is reminding drivers to not attempt to drive through flooded streets.

Several hundred homes across the Wasatch Front lost electricity, according to Rocky Mountain Power. By about 10:30 p.m. Sunday night, all but about 70 in the Roy area and about 80 in Salt Lake City had been restored.

However, a massive cluster of over 2,500 more in the Ogden area was later reported around 10:30 p.m. About an hour later, power appeared to be restored to most of the impacted residents.

READ: Thousands lose power after major flash flooding across Utah

Stockton, in Tooele County, was hit hard. The small town's police department says Soldier Creek flooded, washing out Soldier Canyon. They also said multiple homes were damaged by floodwater, and a woman in her 80s was briefly trapped before being rescued by the Stockton Fire Department.

The flooding also impacted SR-36 and the Union Pacific railroad in the area. More details are available on the department's Facebook page.

FOX 13 has received reports that many homes in Weber County were flooded.

Southern Utah, especially Cedar City and other areas in Iron County, were once again hit hard by rain and flooding Sunday afternoon.

FOX 13 will provide updates on the developing situation online and on the air, with Good Day Utah starting Monday morning at 4:30 a.m.