Utah Flash Flooding Videos Show Car Washed Away, Debris Blocking Roads

Southern Utah was hit with thunderstorms and heavy rain on Sunday, as roads were closed due to flooding and a car was swept away by the heavy rain.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood warning for parts of Utah on Sunday, including until 11:00 p.m. in areas of Davis County close to the city of Bountiful, as it warned of heavy rain throughout the state.

At around 7:45 p.m., the national agency issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several cities in the state including Salt Lake City, Bountiful, Farmington, Layton and Clearfield.

"Heavy rain is flooding portions of the Greater Salt Lake Valley this evening," the NWS said. "Around an inch or higher have fallen already and it continues to rain at this hour."

Later in the day at around 8:00 p.m., the NWS in Salt Lake City warned residents to stay off the road on Sunday evening, saying that it had received "way to many videos of cars driving through flood waters."

The agency added: "We don't say this for kicks...TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN! Roads may be washed out and under flooded waters. Do NOT enter areas that are already flooded."

We are seeing way to many videos of cars driving through flood waters. We don't say this for kicks...TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN! Roads may be washed out and under flooded waters. Do NOT enter areas that are already flooded. #UTwx

— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) August 2, 2021

The NWS then shared several reports of flooding throughout Utah and shared a tweet from the Clearfield Police Department that said: "We are experiencing flooded roadways throughout the city. Please use caution and avoid driving if possible."

We are experiencing flooded roadways throughout the city. Please use caution and avoid driving if possible. State Street has limited driving between 700 South and 200 South. Our public works department is responding to flooded areas. #utwx pic.twitter.com/nWRAEbNINX

— Clearfield PD, Utah (@ClearfieldPD) August 2, 2021

As the flooding spread through the state, the American Red Cross of Utah announced that it had opened an evacuation center in Cedar City, located around 250 miles from Salt Lake City, but confirmed that it was closed at around 10:00 p.m.

The weather service then shared a video from Unified Fire, the largest fire department in the state, which showed a road completely blocked by a pile of debris that had fallen during flash flooding in Salt Lake County.

Captioning the video, Unified Fire wrote: "The Crew at St108 in BCC worked closely with
@UPDSL to flush trapped cars up and over Guardsmen Pass as multiple landslides covered SR190 tonight. No injuries have been reported, but the crew helped change several tires on cars damaged by debris."

The Crew at St108 in BCC worked closely with @UPDSL to flush trapped cars up and over Guardsmen Pass as multiple landslides covered SR190 https://t.co/EdmmG67e7t injuries have been reported,but the crew helped change several tires on cars damaged by debris. pic.twitter.com/ZFOdq6WDuW

— Unified Fire (@FireAuthority) August 2, 2021

Other videos were shared on social media of the flooding on Sunday afternoon and evening, as a clip of a vehicle being carried away by the water was uploaded to Twitter by user Dane Harrington, who confirmed that the man was able to get out safely from the car.

Terrible flooding on I-15 a few miles north of Cedar City @NWSSaltLakeCity @WasatchSnow @UDOTTRAFFIC Luckily the man in the vehicle was able to get out safely pic.twitter.com/UN2GiXZ7ul

— Dane Harrington (@Dane_Harrington) August 1, 2021

Harrington told The Salt Lake Tribune: "He was able to crawl out of the back, and a few people jumped out and pulled him into a car," and added: "A few minutes later the car was completely submerged. It was pretty scary stuff."

Several other clips were shared on social media showing the severity of the conditions, as users uploaded footage of running water flowing down roads and the Salt Lake City Police Department shared a video of flooded streets in the area.

Officials in Toole County told the Tribune that 34 houses, four businesses, three city facilities and six schools saw water damage on Sunday evening due to the severe flooding.

In the city of Enoch, a state of emergency was declared as around 200 houses were impacted by the flooding, while the Utah Highway Patrol said the I-15 was closed near Cedar City because of water on the road.

The severe conditions came just less than a week after Cedar City issued a state of emergency on Monday, July 26, when the area was hit with more than two inches of rain in the space of an hour, causing flooding and protective measures to be taken.

Flash Flood Warnings are still in place in several areas of Utah, as the heavy rain is expected to continue through Monday morning.

Flash flooding hit Utah on Sunday
File photo showing a road closed due to flooding. Southern Utah was hit with thunderstorms and heavy rain on Sunday, as roads were closed and streets were flooded, with the state dealing with severe weather just a week after areas were hit with a state of emergency. djperry/iStock / Getty Images Plus