Wet Sunday, flood watches in place for parts of Utah
By Janelle Stecklein
The Salt Lake TribuneFirst published Aug 25 2013 11:16AM
The next two days will probably be wet ones for many Utahns as the remnants of a tropical depression pushes north into the state.
The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City said widespread locally heavy rain can be expected, but mainly across southern, central and eastern Utah due to Tropical Depression Ivo.
In Garfield, Iron, Kane and Washington counties overnight rain Sunday was expected to swell waterways over their banks and the weather service cautioned anyone near rivers and streams.
A flash flood watch was in place through late Sunday for all of southern Utah, parts of central Utah and the eastern part of the state including the cities of St. George, Vernal, Duchesne, Moab, Blanding, Richfield and Price.
By 6 p.m. Sunday, flooding forced Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to close until further notice. The weather service received reports of flooding across Zion National Park, and several-foot swells in the Virgin River near Springdale.
The weather service warned that a flood threat exists for slot canyons, dry washes, small streams, burn scars and urban areas that don’t drain well.