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Cleanup Efforts Underway In Beaver After Heavy Rain; Southwest Utah Under Another Flash Flood Watch

Jul 30, 2021, 11:28 AM | Updated: 11:30 am

BEAVER, Utah — Most of southwestern Utah will be under a flash flood watch through Friday night, and crews were working to clean debris and mud from floodwaters that hit Beaver.

“Today was crazy,” Chanda Gardner, a manager at Canyon Breeze Golf Course, said Thursday. “We saw the like the clouds coming from the north, we saw them coming from the south and they just smashed us right in the middle. It was crazy.”

For the 3,000 residents of Beaver, Thursday’s storm definitely took them by surprise.

“What a day,” said Chad Limb, Beaver’s water superintendent and a lifelong resident of the town. “In a matter of about 35 minutes, this came down.”

 

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Limb said it’s been a few decades since he witnessed so much rain all at once.

“It’s been since 1983 since I have this come out like this South Creek drainage, and that was from snowpack,” he said. “This is just from a short rainstorm.”

About 2” fell in less than an hour – a similar total that caused flooding in Cedar City earlier this week.

Floodwater damage was spread across town. At the Canyon Breeze Golf Course, a tree planted in the 1960s was toppled.

“It just kept on getting worse and it got thick rain and then it started to hail, and there was hail the size of half dollar bills,” Gardner said.

Limb said city officials counted a handful of homes with flood damage but no injuries have been reported.

Flash Flood Watch Friday

Parts of Utah will be under another flash flood watch as monsoonal moisture continues to ramp up through the weekend.

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Cleanup Efforts Underway In Beaver After Heavy Rain; Southwest Utah Under Another Flash Flood Watch