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ST. GEORGE – A severe thunderstorm is deluging Washington County, creating traffic hazards and causing flooding in roadways and structures. There is standing water in roadways throughout St. George and the surrounding areas. As flooding happens outside, the St. George Communications Center has been flooded with calls, with reports ranging from vehicles floating in the roadway to persons trapped by flood waters inside buildings and vehicles sliding off the road.
ROAD UPDATE 10:45 p.m. from the City of St. George:
Rainfall has subsided. City crews will continue to work on the following roads this evening and tomorrow morning to clear debris: 200 E. North of St. George Boulevard 700 S. & 800 E. Mall Drive & Red Cliffs Drive 900 E. Between Red Hills Parkway and St. George Blvd. 1000 Riverside Drive Pioneer Park at Red Hills Parkway Please use caution on roads as debris may not be easily seen.
UPDATE 10 p.m. from Washington County Emergency Services:
Due to heavy rainfall the city has opened up the streets yard at 900 East and Red Hills Parkway and the Reuse Center at 575 East Brigham Road for sandbags to residents and businesses. Sand and bags available. Please bring shovels.
WEATHER UPDATE 9:49 p.m. The National Weather Service issued further flash flood warning for east central Washington County, west-central Kane County, in effect until 12:45 a.m. Flash flooding continues in Zion National Park. The north fork of the Virgin River is on the decline, flowing at 1259 cubic feet per second, cfs. Normal flow for this rier on this date is around 40 cfs. Thunderstorm activity continues to move through the park and flash flooding of small streams and slots continue to flow. It is anticipated with the amount of water coursing through the hydrologic system and the additional thunderstorms that Zion will continue to flood through the nighttime hours.
UPDATE from the St. George Police Department:
If you do not need to go out, PLEASE DO NOT. City crews and emergency workers are out trying to address the many road hazards affecting safe travel. If you do go out, please slow down and be patient.
Flooding has been reported at the DOVE Center and responders have been sent to help at that location.
Officers are stopping traffic on St. George Boulevard to allow backhoes to scrape off large rocks that have washed down the hill into the roadway. Responders are being called to multiple flooded homes and structures throughout the area and multiple vehicle accidents.
A retaining wall at a freeway underpass has failed near 100 South in St. George.
Traffic lights are out at River Road and Riverside Drive in St. George as of 9:05 p.m.
Reports are also coming in that a motel on St. George Boulevard is being evacuated and the residents are being relocated to another motel.
As of 9:20 p.m., there is a blocked culvert at 1680 E. Red Cliffs Drive, in front of the Red Cliffs Mall, and water is flooding from the roadway up over the sidewalk in the westbound lanes.
On Dixie Drive, from Sunset southward, there is a great of deal standing water and debris on the roadway and standing water at the bridge crossing near Sunbrook Golf Course. Southbound drivers in particular should slow down and move to the inside lane in this area. Anyone driving is cautioned to slow down and adjust their speed for the storm conditions. Drivers and pedestrians are cautioned not to stop beneath overpasses for refuge from the rain – this puts them at greater risk.
UPDATE from City of St. George: St. George is dealing with several issues around town related to the heavy rain storms passing through. The city will be putting out updated information on roadway conditions and closures as the storm passes through. Currently, 100 South at the I-15 overpass is closed due to the failure of a retaining wall. City Streets workers are trying to clear it now. 200 East, north of St. George Boulevard, is closed due to rocks and dirt from the hillside. Indian Hills advisory due to standing water and debris. May be difficult to pass. 270 E. Riverside Dr. is being shut down now. 900 S. Dixie Drive is becoming impassable. Red Cliffs Drive in front of the mall is flooded and there may be one lane that is passable, but caution is advised. More to come as more reports are received and more issues are addressed.
WEATHER UPDATE: National Weather Service warning at 8:13 p.m., the National Weather Service issued an alert that Doppler Radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the greater St. George area. This will result in minor flooding in and around St. George, Santa Clara and Washington City, the alert said. Radar rainfall estimates at that time included around an inch in a very short period of time. Typically, storm drains cannot handle intense rainfall for the short term. Street flooding is anticipated.
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