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Severe weather strikes southern Utah

Storm clouds over southern Utah on July 14, 2018.

KANAB — Heavy rains on Saturday caused flooding across parts of southern Utah and prompted warnings from the National Weather Service covering sections of Washington, Kane and Garfield Counties.

The National Weather Service reported that roughly two inches of rain fell around Kanab, causing upwards of two feet of water to pool on roads in the city.

Photos and videos provided to KSL showed muddy, red-colored water pooled on Kanab’s streets.

Storm water pools in Kanab, Utah on July 14, 2018.

Flash flood warnings were also in effect during parts of the day for the Wire Pass and Buckskin Gulch canyons, as well as much of the Escalante River drainage. That included popular hiking destinations like Coyote Gulch and 20 Mile Wash.

To the west, strong storm cells produced rain and hail over St. George and Snow Canyon State Park.

A flash flood warning also affected Zion National Park.

Saturday’s storms came at the end of a very active weather week for southern Utah. Flooding earlier in the week shut down SR 9 through Zion National Park and left several trails in the park closed because of damage. The highway reopened late Friday.

Several homes were flooded in the Dammeron Valley of Washington County by storms earlier in the week. Flash flooding also caused contamination in the drinking water supply for the city of Panguitch.