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Flooding closes Emery County road — again

Published July 18, 2013 7:18 pm

Weather • Flash flood warnings issued for southern and central Utah.
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Storms on Thursday have once again closed a 10-mile section of State Road 31 in Emery County.

The highway had been closed Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday night due to debris from a mud slide.

On Thursday afternoon, the Utah Department of Transportation announced that the road was closed once again to due flood debris, beginning about 15 miles northwest of Huntington, between mile posts 34 and 24.

The road is in one of the areas in southern and central Utah where the National Weather Service had predicted flash flooding would occur.

Heavy rains caused Huntington Creek, near the Seeley Fire burn scar in northwestern Emery County, to rise several feet, according to the weather service. Flooding had also been expected until about 5 p.m. in west central Carbon County due to the heavy rain from thunderstorms.

Flash flood warnings also were issued for eastern Kane County and southwestern San Juan County until about 5:15 p.m.; and for central Kane County until about 9:30 p.m.

An additional flash flood warning in southeastern Kane County proved warranted, where a National Park Service employee reported flash floods in the town of Big Water, including car-sized boulders in the waters.

No one had been reported injured, the NWS officials said.

The weather forecasters warned motorists not to drive into areas where water covers the road because the depth may be too great to allow passage.