Utah flash flood - September 14, 2015

 

3 dead, 4 missing after flash flooding at Zion National Park in Utah


PUBLISHED Tue, September 15, 2015 - 8:00pm EDT


At least three people were killed and several others remain missing after heavy rain sent flash flooding through a narrow slot canyon in southern Utah, raising the death toll from Monday night's flash floods near the Utah-Arizona state line to at least 15. Zion National Park said in a statement on Tuesday that a group of seven people had gone canyoneering in Keyhole Canyon shortly before the flooding began, and their unoccupied vehicles were located on late Monday evening, prompting a search that began this morning. Three bodies have since been recovered and four others remain missing. (more)

" As the search continues for the missing hikers, high water levels and continued rain showers pose further flash flooding concerns and have hampered searchers' access to the technical portions of the canyoneering route," the national park said in its statement. The names of those killed and missing have not yet been released pending notification of next of kin.

Monday's storms also prompted flash floods in the city of Hildale, located south of Zion National Park. Authorities there have confirmed 12 deaths while one person remains missing.


  News release from Zion National Park (click to expand)

Three Canyoneering Fatalities, Four Others Missing in Zion National Park

Springdale, UT- On the afternoon of Monday, September 14, 2015 the area in and around Zion National Park experienced heavy rain. Storms arrived between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m and dropped 0.63” in Zion Canyon in one hour. As a result of these local storms, flash flooding occurred in the park including a small canyon called Keyhole Canyon.

Rangers received a report of a group of seven individuals canyoneering in Keyhole Canyon shortly before the flooding began. Their unoccupied vehicles were located on Monday evening and a search began the morning of Tuesday, September 15, 2015 when it was determined that these individuals had not exited the canyon.

Of the seven individuals involved, three fatalities are confirmed and the remaining four are missing. Names are not being released at this time, pending notification of kin. As the search continues for the missing hikers, high water levels and continued rain showers pose further flash flooding concerns and have hampered searchers’ access to the technical portions of the canyoneering route.

Keyhole Canyon is a short, narrow slot canyon located on the east side of Zion National Park. A permit is required for traveling through Keyhole Canyon and individuals must complete several short rappels under 30 feet and swim through several pools of water.

More information will become available as the search continues.






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 2 yrs   Death toll from Utah flash floods rises to 12, one still missing

              In a brief update, the Washington County Department of Emergency Services said: "Two additional victims have located leaving one still missing. Searchers continue their efforts." The previous death toll was 10.


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 2 yrs   Death toll rises to 10 in Utah flash floods, 3 still missing

              The death toll from a flash flood that swept away vehicles in Utah has risen to at least 10. Peter Kuhlmann, the director of the Washington County Department of Emergency Services, said a ninth and tenth victim had been recovered on Tuesday afternoon, but three others remain missing. Earlier, the department said two of those killed had been located across the state line in Arizona, nearly 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) downstream. Officials in the city of Hildale have issued a disaster declaration and have requested support from the National Guard after Monday night's flooding that was described as a "wall of water."


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