River overflows near Utah towns, warnings issued

SALT LAKE CITY — Weather officials say a downpour in southern Utah has caused the Virgin River to overflow its banks in two towns near Zion National Park.

National Weather Service meteorologist Larry Dunn said today the river is running at flood levels and has exceeded its banks in the towns of Hurricane and Virgin.

But Dunn says no structures are threatened yet.

Dunn says nearly a week of rain has swollen the river as well as small streams and dry washes. A flood warning has been issued for Kane and western Washington counties.

Dunn says flooding could get worse because heavy rain is expected for three more days. As much as eight inches of rain has fallen in some areas.



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