Flood watch in place for much of central, southern Utah through Friday night

Jul 29, 2022, 4:31 PM | Updated: 4:33 pm
The NWS Salt Lake office issued a flood watch for much of southern Utah on July 29, 2022. (NWS)...
The NWS Salt Lake office issued a flood watch for much of southern Utah on July 29, 2022. (NWS)

SALT LAKE CITY — A flood watch is in place Friday for a large portion of southern and central Utah, including recreation areas where such conditions have previously been deadly.

The watch, placed by the National Weather Service, Salt Lake City office, is in effect until 9 p.m. Friday following a series of flash floods and heavy local rain across the region all week.

Typically seasonal monsoonal rains head north from the Gulf of Mexico and unleash heavy thunderstorms that can flood canyons, roads and even neighborhoods.

The following areas are part of Friday’s flood watch:

  • Book Cliffs
  • Capitol Reef National Park and vicinity
  • Castle Country
  • Glen Canyon Recreation Areal
  • Lake Powell
  • San Rafael Swell
  • South Central Utah
  • Wasatch Plateau
  • Washington County (lower)
  • Western Canyonlands National Park
  • Zion National Park

That includes the cities of:

  • Big Water,
  • Bullfrog
  • Castle Dale
  • Emery
  • Escalante
  • Goblin Valley
  • Green River
  • Hanksville
  • Hurricane
  • Indian Canyon
  • Ivans
  • Kanab
  • Loa
  • Price
  • Scofield
  • Springdale
  • St. George
  • Torry

NWS warns that excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, stream and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. There is also elevated potential for flash flooding and debris flows from recent burn scars.

“You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings,” NWS stated. “Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.”

Flood safety tips and resources can be found at: weather.gov/safety/flood

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Flood watch in place for much of central, southern Utah through Friday night