Large amounts of flooding over Dollar Ridge burn scar, 50 people rescued

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FRUITLAND, Duchesne County (News4Utah) – Dozens of people were stranded as efforts were put in place to help rescue them from their homes south of the Dollar Ridge fire burn scar after flooding this weekend.

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City issued a flash flood warning Sunday afternoon for the Pinnacles and Camelot areas downstream from the Strawberry River. 

Duchesne County sheriff’s deputies, county road department workers and firefighters assigned to the Dollar Ridge Fire helped at least 50 people who found themselves trapped by fast-moving water and debris from the fire’s burn scar.
Firefighters reported that there were 30 adults, 13 kids and “numerous” pets at Camelot. Nearly a dozen more people were west of the resort in the Timber Canyon area when the water began to rise, Duchesne County Sheriff David Boren said.

No technical water rescues had to be performed, according to Boren, who reported that the Strawberry River west of Camelot has jumped its banks and is now flowing in a new channel cut down the middle of Strawberry River Road west of Camelot.

“The road is closed indefinitely west of Camelot,” the sheriff said, adding that the road has received heavy damage that will take time to repair. The closure means there is no access to Timber Canyon.
As of Monday morning officials said Strawberry River Road east of Camelot is passable. They say the Lower Red Creek Road is also open. 
Boren said Sunday’s incident is a powerful reminder of the next challenge facing those who enjoy visiting areas affected by the Dollar Ridge Fire.

The NWS also tweeted that there were reports of fire crews having to rescue residents from their homes that were flooded in the Strawberry Basin. 

A severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Piute and Sevier counties has also been issued. 

People in the area are urged to use caution as the burn scar has left the possibility for flash flooding and debris flow.

For the latest updates visit the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

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