Flash floods expected immediately in Garfield, Wayne counties

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GARFIELD COUNTY – The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a flash flood warning for Wayne County and north-central Garfield County until 4 p.m. Thursday.

Doppler radar indicated a thunderstorm producing heavy rain over Capitol Reef National Park, specifically Sulfur Creek, Grand Wash and Capitol Gorge. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

Capitol Reef National Park and Fruita are expected to experience flooding.

Precautionary/preparedness actions

Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road.

When encountering flooded roads, make the smart choice: Turn around. Don’t drown.

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