Flash Flooding Inundates Zion National Park

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SPRINGDALE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Flash flooding caused problems in Southern Utah Wednesday.
 
A rock the size of the house has closed the east entrance to Zion National Park until crews can remove the flood debris. 
 
The rain started coming down in spurts starting around noon, as several bands of thunderstorms caused problems in and around one of Utah’s most visited national parks.
 
A car was partially submerged by rising flash flood waters that rose in just a matter of minutes in Springdale. 
 
A man swam on SR-9 to remove debris blocking a drain, as hundreds of Zion National Park tourists were trapped between closed roads. 
 
“It was really wet and storming really bad. As far as thunder and lighting, it was really, really bad,” Kim Lewis said.  
 
Heavy rains left behind mud and debris on roads, making them dangerous, if not impossible, to pass. Inside the park, mudslides closed the tunnel and other roads, forcing the employees to turn away visitors trying to drive into Zion National Park. 
 
“The river was like a thousand times bigger than what it was when we first got here, and it was rushing,” Dominic Parisi said. 
 
“The hailing was insane. It was so large and it was dropping in piles,” Emily Duran said. 
 
Park officials say they have not received reports of anyone in the park getting hurt. Last September, seven people died from flash flooding while hiking inside the park. 
 

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