SPRINGDALE, Utah (ABC4) – Flash flood warnings are in effect for parts of Washington, Kane, and Garfield counties as thunderstorms move their way into Southern Utah.
A flash flood warning is in effect for Zion National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante through 5 p.m. Experts also predict flash flood potential in Bryce Canyon National Park, Glen Canyon Recreation Area, Capitol Reef National Park, San Rafael Swell, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Natural Bridges, and Grand Gulch.
Zion National Park officials have announced the park will be closed until further notice due to a mudslide impacting SR-9.
An additional flash flood warning has been issued near Lake Powell until 7:45 p.m. The flash flood alert was issued as a result of a severe thunderstorm in the area.
These warnings come after a flash flood erupted near Springdale Tuesday afternoon.
Search and rescue crews were dispatched to the Virgin River for reports of flash flooding. When crews arrived, they discovered tubers inside the river. Fortunately all of those tubers are safe and accounted for.
According to ABC4 Meteorologist Cesar Cornejo, these warnings were issued as 0.5″ to 1″ of rainfall is expected in the area, with another .25″ to .5″ of rain expected in the next few hours.
Traffic cameras show heavy water overtaking SR-9, causing road closures in the area.
After being closed earlier in the day, SR-9 has reopened between Rockville and Springdale. Drivers are advised to be cautious if they have to drive through the area
The public is asked to avoid the area.
ABC4 will continue to update this story as flood conditions develop.