Flash flood warnings issued for Kane, Wayne counties in southern Utah

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KANE COUNTY (ABC4 News) – The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued flash flood warnings for southern Kane County and west central Wayne County in southern Utah.

The warning will remain in effect until 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively.

NWS said radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over Buckskin Gulch in Kane County. Between 0.5 and 1 inch of rain has fallen in the area, and flash flooding is expected.

NWS officials warn that flash flooding of dry washes, creeks, and streams in this area could be life-threatening. Areas of concern in southern Kane County include Paria River, Coyote Wash, and Bucksin Gulch.

Wayne County is also experiencing thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the area. NWS said between 1 and 2 inches of rain have fallen near Torrey.  Areas of concern include Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey and Fruita. These include the following streams and drainages: Pleasant Creek, Boulder Creek, Deep Creek, Carcass Creek, Fish Creek, Sulphur Creek, Fremont River and Cottonwood Creek.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Hikers and campers are urged seek high ground and avoid creeks and streams.
  • Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roadways. NWS said most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

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