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UHP Responds To 76 Crashes; Heavy Rains Cause Mudslides In Little Cottonwood Canyons

Debris flow in Little Cottonwood Canyon. (UDOT)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Highway Patrol troopers said they responded to 76 crashes after severe weather hit Utah Wednesday.

Troopers asked drivers to increase their following distance and slow down to speeds appropriate for wet road conditions.

Meanwhile, officials are warning of traffic delays in both Big and Little Cottonwood canyons after heavy rains slammed the areas.

A debris flow closed SR-210 in Little Cottonwood early Wednesday morning. Two feet of mud and debris covered the road and it took crews from the Utah Department of Transportation hours to clean up.

However, rains continued to fall while crews worked to stabilize the hillside in the area.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Little Cottonwood Canyon at 2 p.m. which lasts until 5 p.m. Officials said more debris flows could happen as steady rainfall continues to drain through the area.

Further up the canyon, snow began to fall at Snowbird Wednesday. Higher elevations across Utah saw snow fall as well.

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