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Flash flooding danger closes Zion National Park canyons

June 29, 2021 GMT

HILDALE, Utah (AP) — Zion National Park has closed its canyons because of a flash flood warning issued for much of southern Utah Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Hildale, Utah, Zion National Park and other areas near the Utah-Arizona border. Park officials also closed access to The Narrows, the tightest section of the canyon, until further notice.

Hildale Mayor Donia Jessop said a large flood did come through the town and a few basements were flooded but added that mitigation efforts have been successful so far.

Photos from the Utah Department of Transportation show a large portion of flooded road outside Zion.

Another flash flood in Hildale washed away several cars in 2015, killing at least a dozen people. The same storm killed seven hikers who drowned in a narrow canyon in Zion National Park and a man from nearby Hurricane, Utah.