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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

More Temporary Road Closures From Flooding

Many areas in Utah were hit by heavy rain today, which in turn caused flooding that brought water and mud over some roads. I know because my daughter got stuck in mud in Santaquin Canyon, in southern Utah County. Fortunately, nothing too serious. -- Dave Webb

KSL.com has this weather report on the storm. Here's a summary:

What a storm! Heavy rain caused flooding and debris flows statewide with several spots receiving over one inch of rain. Look for scattered showers this evening with lows in the 60s. Skies will be partly cloudy on Wednesday with a few lingering showers, especially in the mountains or northeastern Utah. High temperatures will top out in the 80s, but 90s return on Thursday and stick around into the weekend. Look for another round of rain on Friday afternoon and more storms early next week.

KSL.com provided this report summarizing highway closures:

LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON — Little Cottonwood Canyon closed for several hours due to flooding Tuesday afternoon and officials also reported flooding in an Eagle Mountain neighborhood and SR-28 in Sanpete County.

Unified Police Department put lane restrictions in place around 5:15 p.m. due to a landslide near Lisa Falls. Earlier in the day, Little Cottonwood Canyon closed due to flooding and debris on the roadway, according to Utah Department of Transportation officials. The highway was reopened around 3:15 p.m., but officials said commuters should expect intermittent closures during the cleanup.

Highway 28 south of Levan was closed around 6:32 p.m. due to heavy rainfall causing flash flooding.

Officials in Eagle Mountain City also reported flooding along Wride Highway near the area of Canyon Wash Drive around 2 p.m. The highway was not closed, but officials urged commuters to use caution while driving through standing water on the road.

Cedar Pass Ranch retained a lot of standing water in the community and officials asked for volunteers to help place sandbags to divert the water. Volunteers were asked to gather at the public works building in Eagle Mountain.

In Sanpete County, flooding and debris blocked the roadway on SR-28 between Levan and Gunnison, UDOT said late Tuesday afternoon. Crews were working to clear debris and a flash flood warning was issued through 6:15 p.m. for Levan by the National Weather Service. NWS expected the debris flow to impact Levan. Additionally, portions SR-132 were covered in debris and water.

UDOT said SR-117 may also close due to weather.

Officials made flood advisories lasting until 7:15 p.m. in northeast Davis County, southeast Weber County and west Morgan County due to about 2 inches of rain in those areas.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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