Moab residents and business owners begin clean up after Saturday night’s flooding

Aug 21, 2022, 5:06 PM | Updated: Aug 22, 2022, 6:18 am

MOAB, Utah — It was a busy Saturday afternoon in Moab as crews work to move mud, trees and other debris from roads, businesses and homes after flash floods took over Main Street and surrounding areas Saturday night.

Moab’s mayor declared a state of emergency after dozens of businesses and homes were flooded. All Moab trails, street entrances and bridges were closed as crews and the community work to clean up, and some were still without water.

A mixture of flood water, mud, rocks and entire trees gushed over bridges in Mill Creek in Moab. Cars floated through the busiest streets in town, and restaurant customers waded through knee-deep water.

An unprecedented storm pounded Moab for nearly three hours.

“There were boulders and trees, and I couldn’t believe it. It was scary. It was almost like a dream,” said Dylan Beck, who has lived in Moab his entire life.

The flash floods filled dozens of homes and almost every business on Main Street.

“I mean, I had a guy sitting at the bar finishing his dinner with two feet of water around him,” said Michael Miller, owner of Dewey’s Restaurant and Bar.

And just as business owners didn’t think it could get any worse, the water kept coming.

“We had a ton of water showing up at our back door at least five feet,” Miller said.

As the storm passed, many stayed throughout the night, cleaning up the mess of mud and debris left behind.

“We have about six inches of mud throughout the restaurant, and some things won’t be able to be replaced, so we’ll have to figure out what our next move is and try to get it cleaned up as fast as possible,” Miller explained.

The town is overwhelmed with the amount of support they’re seeing.

“The drill team is here from the high school and a lot of friends, so yeah, it’s been great a ton of calls of people who want to come help,” Miller said.

And as most of Moab is coated in mud, the community shovels sidewalks and works to clean up.

“It’s frustrating, and it’s hard, but we’ll figure it out,” Miller said.

Businesses are hoping to get back up and running before Labor Day when Moab’s busy fall season kicks off, but due to the extensive damage, they are worried they might not make it in time. That will also depend on if more storms come later this week.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

man with breathing tubes wears a white hat...

Tamara Vaifanua

Family, friends celebrate Kearns man’s 100th birthday

A Kearns man celebrated his 100th birthday.

34 minutes ago

Follow @KSL5TVLike us on Facebook...

Tamara Vaifanua

Utah high school basketball player reaches milestone: 1,000 rebounds in single season

A Utah high school basketball player grabbed a huge career milestone – 1,000 rebounds in a single season; and she’s not stopping there.

1 hour ago

(KSL TV)...

Annie Knox and Daniella Rivera

5 things to know about KSL’s legal fight for transparency

How much should Utahns get to know about how elected officials spend their time on the clock? The question is at the center of a legal fight taking KSL to court Monday.

7 hours ago

The Utah Avalanche Center opened a new beacon training park at Pinebrook Sunday, the closest park t...

Shelby Lofton

Utah Avalanche Center opens new rescue skills training park close to Salt Lake City

The Utah Avalanche Center opened a new beacon training park at Pinebrook on Sunday, the closest park to Salt Lake City.

13 hours ago

Thousands of Filipino’s filled the stands at a historic and sacred Catholic University to attend ...

Dan Rascon

Thousands attend interfaith concert in Manila with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Thousands of people from the Philippines filled the stands at a historic and sacred Catholic University to attend an interfaith concert with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

13 hours ago

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, left, and President Joe Biden toast before Biden speaks to members of the Na...

Darlene Superville, The Associated Press

Biden and Utah’s governor call for less bitterness and more bipartisanship

President Joe Biden and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox disagree on many issues but they were united Saturday in calling for less bitterness in politics and more bipartisanship.

14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Moab residents and business owners begin clean up after Saturday night’s flooding