Several roads in Moab remain closed after flooding Saturday night
MOAB, Utah – Flash flooding led deputies to close Highway 191 Saturday night as at least a foot of water rushed down Moab’s main drag.
The Grand County Sheriff’s office said Highway 191 closed at approximately 8:30 p.m. It was open again about an hour later.
Many areas were still closed Sunday morning. A sheriff’s department tweet said, “All Moab trails, including street entrances and bridges, are closed. These areas are extremely dangerous right now.”
The city offered free showers Sunday morning to people who were left without water service. People were directed to the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center, 374 N. Park Ave.
URGENT: All Moab trails, including street entrances & bridges, are closed. These areas are extremely dangerous right now. Crews are working to assess the damage from last night's flooding. Please stay off the trails, entrance streets and bridges until further notice. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/BlHOLLbPTY
— City of Moab, Utah (@CityofMoab) August 21, 2022
A Twitter video of Main Street in Moab showed the rushing water Saturday night. The viewer said rushing waters pinned a car to the curb.
Video of Main Street in Moab turned into a river. A car in this video was pinned to the curb by the Main Street water current pic.twitter.com/I4bt3rAtvo
— Swat Lake City (@Neildos) August 21, 2022
Additional heavy rain in the area surrounding Moab also created waterfalls flowing off cliffs.
Deputies warned drivers that it also closed creek crossings. “Please be advised creek crossing will be shut down during the storm,” a Facebook post said. “Be aware we are experiencing more standing flood waters on the road.”
Deputies offered emergency supplies to help residents including, “Cots, tents, water, Gatorade, showers, stalls for animals, access to lots of other means.”
The National Weather Service warned about the potential for flooding several times so far this month.
The search continued searching this weekend for a missing woman who was swept away by floodwaters in Zion National Park Friday morning.
She has been identified as Jetal Agnihotri of Tucson, Arizona.
After hiking through The Narrows, Agnihotri’s friends said they were all supposed to meet near the visitor center’s parking lot.
When she didn’t show up around their meeting time, that’s when friends called for help.
Highway 191 reopened to traffic by 10 p.m.
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