Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 | 4:11 p.m.
Zion-Mount Carmel Highway reopened today after flood debris plugged a drainage system and caused the highway to flood.
Drivers traveling on the highway that runs through Zion National Park should expect up to a 15-minute delay as road crews work to stabilize the drainage system, National Park Service officials said. There will also be a rough gravel patch over the section of the highway for the next few days, officials said.
The highway flooded at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The east side of Mount Zion National Park received more than an inch of rain in only a few hours, causing flood debris to overwhelm and clog the drainage system.
Park crews worked to clear the culverts and reopen the road.
More rain is expected over the next few days in Springdale. Travelers hoping to visit Slot Canyon should be aware of flash flooding, and are urged to consult the Flash Flood Potential Rating and weather forecast before entering.