Wednesday, September 16, 2015

16 Dead After Southern Utah Flash Floods; Four Still Missing

Flash flooding in southern Utah has killed at least 16 people since Monday night; four others remain missing.
Twelve of those deaths are in the small Utah border community of Hildale after a flash flood swept through the town. Three of the dead are adults and six are children, according to authorities, and most of the families of the deceased and missing have been notified. Washington County Emergency Services told The Weather Channel one person is still missing, and it is unclear whether the individual is an adult or child.

Forty miles to the north, the Associated Press reports that four people were killed by flash flooding in Zion National Park and three remain missing. Up to 1.89 inches of rain was measured in Zion National Park over the past two days as of Tuesday morning at an elevation of 5,741 feet, according to the NWS. Officials have not yet released the identities of those killed or missing.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert expressed his sorrow in a statement, lamenting, "I join with other Utahns in mourning today the lives lost in two tragic incidents at Zion National Park and Hildale. Jeanette and I send our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones. I thank the first responders, volunteers and other officials involved in the recovery effort."...

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