Flash floods hit Zion National Park

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WASHINGTON COUNTY (News4Utah )Zion National Park was hit with quite the storm Wednesday night. 

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for east central Washington County until 10:45 p.m.

The radar indicated a thunderstorm producing heavy rain over Zion National Park.

Officials say the park received almost three inches of rain in three hours. They say there are flash flood potentials on Thursday as well.

Remember it is important to know where you are relative to streams, rivers or creeks which can become dangerous during heavy rain. Campers and hikers should avoid streams and creeks.

There have been several rock and debris slides on the switchback below the tunnel. Officials in the park say the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway is closed indefinitely between Canyon Junction and the East Entrance. Road crews will assess the damage before removing the debris, making repairs, and reopening roadways.

The Scenic Drive is open up to shuttle stop number 6, the Grotto. Visitors may still take our free canyon shuttle to this stop, but may not walk further up the Scenic Drive towards more stops.

The West Rim trail from the Grotto is closed due to a large trail washout in Refrigerator Canyon. This means no access to through hiking on the West Rim or to Angels Landing from the Grotto. Hikers can still access the Rim section of the trail from Lava Point.

The Kayenta Trail and Middle and Upper Emerald Pools Trails are closed until further notice. The Lower Emerald Pools trail from the Emerald Pools Trailhead to just before the waterfall is open.

Click here for updates on the current conditions.

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