Severe Storms Worry Residents, Meteorologists of Future Flooding

Published on September 13, 2013 at 12:45PM

Several severe storms have caused major flooding across the state, and many residents are worried what other damage could be caused by continued rain. Highway 191 in Duchesne County was flooded with mud and water Thursday morning after a downpour rolled through eastern Utah. UDOT reported debris four feet deep in places. In Emery County, soaking rains forced mud and rock onto SR 31 in Huntington Canyon, closing the road for the second day in a row. A couple reported being trapped in their car Tuesday with debris pinning their doors shut.

Hydrologist Randy Julander said it is fairly unusual for this time of year to see these kinds of storms, with this kind of intensity and this kind of duration. Julander said the soil is super saturated in the southern parts of the state, and is primed for dangerous conditions similar to the catastrophic flooding of January 2005.