Roads closed after flash flooding in Zion; warnings issued for surrounding area

A flash flood warning was issued for parts of Washington County, including Zion National Park, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Photo: KUTV file photo)

(UPDATE 10:24 p.m. Wednesday) — The Mount Carmel Highway and the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive were closed "until further notice" after Zion National Park received three inches of rain in a short amount of time on Wednesday.

The National Park Service reported rock and debris slides on switchbacks along Mount Carmel Highway, which was closed between Canyon Junction and East Entrance, the park service said in a press release.

Road crews will assess the damage before removing the debris, making repairs and reopening roadways, the agency said.

(KUTV) — A flash flood warning has been issued for parts of Washington County. The warning will remain in effect until 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the National Weather Service says.

Heavy thunderstorms were forecast in the area and one inch of rain had already fallen in Zion National Park as of 8 p.m. The National Weather Service reported the park was experiencing flash flooding due to the heavy rainfall.

Flash floods were expected to begin along the North Fork of the Virgin River and the North Creek drainages, the service reported. Hikers and campers in the area were advised to avoid creeks and the river.

FEMA encourages residents to know where they are relative to streams, rivers or creeks, which can become dangerous in heavy rain.

The National Weather Service tweeted a graphic showing the specific areas where the warning was in effect:

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