Flash flood warning issued for southern Utah including popular hiking areas
(KUTV) — A flash flood warning has been issued for parts of Utah's Garfield and Kane counties in southern Utah.
State Route 130 is closed in both directions south of Minersville in Beaver County near the Black Mountain burn scar from flooding and mudslides.
The National Weather Service said dry washes, streams and rivers can become raging killer currents in a matter of minutes, even from distant rainfall. Southwestern Garfield and central Kane counties are specified in the warning.
Radar indicates a thunderstorm is producing heavy rain over the Paria River Drainage, with over an inch of rainfall in the headwater areas with additional storms adding to the water downstream.
The lower end of the drainage has areas that are popular for hiking and are prone to flash floods. Those traveling should take measures to ensure their safety according to the NWS.
Locations that will experience flooding include Kodachrome Basin State Park, Henrieville, Tropic and Cannonville. People in these areas should retain locations not receiving rain. The warning remains in place until 9:15 p.m. Thursday.