Utah County Cities Send 50K Sandbags To Cedar City, Moab
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.
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.”
BIG DONATION- truck with 25K sandbags just pulled in to @CedarCityUtah from Ut Co. cities- including Draper, Am Fk, Lehi, PG, Mapleton, Orem, Provo, Lindon, V-Yard. @KSL5TV https://t.co/exOQKXxsMk? pic.twitter.com/RhTOwHwytR
— Garna Mejia KSL (@GarnaMejiaKSL) July 29, 2021
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.
Slow moving storms capable of producing heavy rainfall are expected late this afternoon and overnight into the early morning hours Friday for portions of southern Utah.
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) July 29, 2021