Heads Up Southern Utah, The Flooding Has Already Begun
With temperatures headed to the 60's in the Cedar City area, and into the 80's in the St George area, all that snow that we've accumulated for the last few months is gonna come down from the mountains in a hurry.
Road is closed because of flooding off of exit 36 near Ash Creek Reservoir in New Harmony, Utah.
Because the ground is already full to the brim, any rain or melting snow is just now flooding onto roadways.
One upside is the waterfalls in all of the places that never have waterfalls. Everywhere from Ivins, to the cracks in the cliffs at Kolob, water is making it's way down to lower ground, creating some beautiful waterfalls.
I have seen a ton of small flooding issues on my way home while I drive I-15 North and it hasn't even begun to warm up yet. Normally in April we are seeing much warmer temps, and they are coming quick.
Being prepared can easy everyone's mind and the burden on our cities if we do it right. First, look around your area and make sure all waterways, canals, storm drains and drainage areas are cleared of debris. It doesn't take long for the garbage in our waterways to back the water up. If you see any waterway blocked call the city.
Second, you can stock up on sandbags now. Our area just did a service project filling sandbags so they are ready to go when needed.
Here are some ways that you can be prepared:
In Cedar City you can go fill sand bags for free. Here is the flyer:
According to STGeorgeCity.org the fire department does not do sandbags but you can contact the City of St. George Streets Division at 435-627-4000 for information on obtaining sand bags. Or Sandbags, for flooding, are available to St. George City residents year round for free at the St George Reuse Center