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Alpine braces for more rain; flooding shuts down one lane of State Road 24

Published September 10, 2013 11:43 am
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If it rains again, Alpine City is as ready as it can be.

Alpine City Manager Rich Nelson said Tuesday that city crews and volunteers have cleared debris from catch basins and installed a berm in Lambert Park to divert any additional floodwaters from nearby homes.

"From where we stand, we are as prepared as we can be," Nelson said, adding that he was still worried about rain forecast for the rest of the week.

On Saturday night, flooding damaged 15 homes in Alpine. And on Sunday an army of 900 volunteers worked to clear culverts and debris basins of mud, rocks and other materials.

In Payson, which also experienced flooding, the city on Tuesday was offering sandbags to residents who may need them to prevent flooding. The sandbags are available at the city's public works yard, 1300 North and Main Street.

Meanwhile, flash flooding was reported in Zion National Park, with water flowing over roads in the central and southern parts of the park, according to the National Weather Service.

Also Tuesday, a debris flow caused by flooding shut down part of State Road 24 in Wayne County.

As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, SR 24 was closed in both directions at mile post 82, near Capitol Reef National Park, according to a tweet from the Utah Department of Transportation.

But by 12:43 p.m., one lane of the road had reopened.

Numerous showers and thunderstorms were expected to move across much of southern and central Utah through Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City.

"Many areas are already saturated from the rains of the last several days and it may not take all that much more rain to generate flash flooding," according to a flash flood watch from the weather service.


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