Ivins, UT

Flash floods impact Southern Utah

Liberated Journalist

HURRICANE, Utah (Liberated Journalist) - It's finally raining in Southern Utah, but officials are reminding people to be cautious after flash flooding in some areas.

There was an incident involving a car hydroplaning on Docena and Center West in Ivins, according to local police. Officials are asking people on the road to slow down, as the rain is making the roads slick.

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Ivins flash floodCasey Donk via Liberated Journalist

According to the Southern Utah Emergency Responses and Incidents Facebook page, there were also other incidents involving vehicles hydroplaning throughout Southern Utah.

Monday evening, another vehicle became trapped underwater after falling through the road due to a water main break that caused a sinkhole near 850 E 100 S in St. George, according to local police. Occupants of the vehicle are reportedly without serious injury.

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Car falls in St. George sinkholeSt. George Police Department

According to the National Weather Service, slot canyons and areas near recent burn scars are likely to see flash flooding, along with many recreation areas in Southern Utah.

Some recreation areas that have potential to flood are Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Zion National Park among others.

NWS offers three simple steps for flash flood safety:

1. Get to higher ground: Get out of the areas subject to flooding

2. Do not drive into the water: Do not drive or walk into flooded areas. It only takes 6" of water to knock you off your feet.

3. Stay informed: Monitor local radar, television, weather radio, internet or social media for updates.

A flood watch is in effect for Lower Washington County, South Central Utah, and Western Canyonlands as well.

Images taken by local Casey Donk sent to the Liberated Journalist, show flooding that happened in the Ivins area, along with one vehicle that hydroplaned.

For more information on how to stay safe in a flash flood, click here.

For more information on flash flood areas click here.

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