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Zion National Park Closed, Towns Evacuated Due to Massive Flooding [VIDEO]

Dec 21, 2010 – 4:05 PM
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David Knowles

David Knowles Writer

Widespread flooding in Utah has prompted the evacuation towns in southern Utah, as well as the closing of Zion National Park.

According to KSL News, area dams strained by heavy rains and snow melt runoff are in danger of bursting, creating a dangerous situation for local residents.

The National Weather Service said that the Virgin River, which runs through Zion National Park, is particularly swollen and could cause dam failure.

The town of Rockville, Utah, has been evacuated as officials worry that the Trees Ranch Dam is in danger of bursting, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Weather forecasts show continued rain through Thursday for the sparsely populated Rockville area.

Amateur video shot by residents near Zion Canyon Sanctuary shows portions of the flooding.

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