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Utah County Cities Send 50K Sandbags To Cedar City, Moab

Employees from Lehi City, Draper City and Vineyard City prepare donated sandbags for travel to Cedar City and Moab. Not pictured but participated in the donations are: City of Orem, Pleasant Grove City, Spanish Fork City, Mapleton City, Lindon City, Provo City, American Fork City and Utah County government. (Vineyard City)

LEHI, Utah — Crews from cities across Utah County prepared and transported 50,000 sandbags to southern Utah after this week’s flash flooding in Moab and Cedar City.

Each city will receive 25,000 sandbags and Vineyard city employees drove the supplies to Grand and Iron counties Thursday morning.

Officials said Cedar City Mayor Maile Wison-Edwards called Vineyard Mayor Julie Fullmer Wednesday night, saying they needed additional sandbags.

Cedar City was hit by a storm that dumped over 2″ of rain in an hour on Monday, damaging an estimated 100 homes and displacing around 200 residents — 100 of which are Southern Utah University students who lived in off-campus housing.

University officials said nearly half of the 100 displaced students lost everything.

“Probably 30-40 of them, it’s a complete loss as they were in basement apartments that flooded 8′ deep worth of water,” said Jared Tippets, vice president of student affairs at SUU.

Cedar City Community Helps Flood Victims With Donations, Support

Moab was under a flash flood warning Wednesday night and floodwaters knocked out power for approximately 4,000 residents.

Officials said major routes throughout the city had significant flooding and debris.

Flash Flood Watch For Thursday

Most of southeastern Utah will be under a flash flood watch through Thursday night.

“Thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rainfall will develop late this afternoon and continue into late tonight. The storms are expected to move from southeast to northwest,” meteorologists said. “Heavy rainfall may result in flash flooding, especially in dry washes, slot canyons, and small streams.”

Flash flooding is expected Thursday in Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef national parks, along with the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell.

The watch also covers the cities of Moab, Loa and Kanab, along with parts of Washington County.

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