Pictures and Videos Show 'Crazy' Flash Flooding at Zion Park

Southern Utah was hit with heavy rain on Tuesday, causing officials to close Zion National Park as a flash flood sent water and mud crashing through two of its entrances.

The park saw more than an inch of rain in the space of an hour on Tuesday afternoon, leading to officials closing the park and nearby state Route 9 at around 3:00 p.m., after a mudslide obstructed the road, according to a statement from the park.

Officials wrote that a mudslide was blocking the route and said that local emergency services were undergoing an "active" and "technical" search in the area, but did not elaborate on the reason why.

Park shuttles were helping move visitors to the area from up the canyon back down to the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, as the town shuttles were scheduled to continue running past the normal cut off point of 6:00 p.m. local time to help alleviate some of the traffic.

Hildale Mayor Donia Jessop told Fox 13 that a lot of basements were flooded during the rain on Tuesday, as water fell from the mountains during the worst of the weather.

Jessop confirmed that there were no casualties from the extreme weather, as KUTV reporter Heidi Hatch said that no hikers were reported missing.

NEW: No reports of hikers missing in Zion National Park. Park rangers are currently focused on cleanup of flooding and rock debris.

This is good news after a scary day of flash flooding.

Video Courtesy: Ben Wong

— Heidi Hatch KUTV (@tvheidihatch) June 30, 2021

Pictures and videos posted to Twitter showed the extent of the flash flooding on Tuesday, as a short clip showed mud and water crashing down the road next to the park's center, as the user called it "crazy" and said that their mother and sister were stuck because of the rain.

In a follow-up tweet they confirmed that their family was fine and thanked the staff at the park for allowing them and others to stay in the center while the flash flooding occurred.

Footage posted to social media by KUTV journalist Jim Spiewak, that was filmed by a group of campers in the park, showed the mud and water hurtle down the road, just inches from their campsite.

“It happened extremely fast”
Flash flood waters were rising and campers didn’t know when the rain would stop.
A front row seat of the flooding in Zion National Park.
At 10pm.
🎥 | Logan Thomas

— Jim Spiewak (@JimSpiewak) June 30, 2021

The park also posted photos showing the aftermath of Tuesday's flooding, as the road appeared to have been damaged by the mud, water and debris, while signs had been knocked over from the strength of the water.

The Utah Department of Transportation Region 4 posted two photos to Twitter of the aftermath of the flood and wrote: "Please avoid SR-9 near Zion. Crews have plenty to do. Flash Flood season has arrived in Southern Utah."

Please avoid SR-9 near Zion. Crews have plenty to do. Flash Flood season has arrived in Southern Utah. @UDOTTRAFFIC

— UDOT Region Four (@UDOTRegionFour) June 29, 2021

In its most recent update at around 7:30 p.m., the park said that its staff members were "actively working to remove debris from the roads," as it warned people to still stay away from the area.

The National Weather Service tweeted that more rain is expected on Wednesday, as Utah is likely to be hit by thunderstorms that could potentially cause further flooding.

Newsweek has contacted Zion National Park for comment.

Zion National Park flash flooding
An image of Zion National Park shared by the facility during flash flooding on Tuesday, June 29. The extreme weather caused flash flooding and mudslides in the afternoon. Zion National Park