Major flooding in Hanksville near Capitol Reef National Park

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HANKSVILLE, Utah – Areas near Capitol Reef National Park are flooded again and Hanksville is particularly in bad shape.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said several homes and businesses sustained significant damage. Cars and caravans were washed away.

A five hundred gallon propane tank also started to race and released a cloud of propane. Hazardous materials crews from Green River arrived on site, closed it, and secured it.

Several agencies came to help Wednesday afternoon and evening. Utah Highway Patrol soldiers diverted travelers from the flood. The Sevier County and Emery County Sheriff’s Offices went door to door to see if people needed to be rescued or evacuated. They also provided boats to cross the waters.

Wayne County’s post says all citizens and visitors are safe and cared for. Now the cleanup has started. They are the Wayne Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and several companies have come together to help with manpower and supplies.

Other areas of Wayne County and Capitol Reef National Park received heavy rain this week. Garfield County also receives a lot of rain, and flash flood warnings and watches are in place in southern and central Utah.

There are warnings for the Dirty Devil’s River near the poison springs. Larb Hollow in Wayne County has nearly two inches of rain, Escalante in Garfield County has nearly an inch and a half. Bryce Canyon almost an inch.


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