ST. GEORGE- A search and rescue operation is underway on the Virgin River in Zion National Park following a flash flood on Friday afternoon.
The National Park Service announced the operation on Twitter shortly after 4 p.m.
Updated August 19, 6:49 p.m.: Confirmed that the Washington County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team is in the National Park.
While park staff conduct the search, shuttle services within the park have been temporarily suspended and are moving visitors south on Canyon Scenic Drive.
On Friday evening, members of the Washington County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team joined park staff to assist park staff in the rescue effort.
While various media outlets have reported that an indefinite number of people could have been separated and swept away by the flash floods, details have yet to be confirmed by St. George News.
Jonathan Shafer, the park’s public affairs specialist, echoed the new data on Twitter and added that updates will be posted on the park. Twitter account and the website as alerts.
According to the website, Narrows and Slot Canyons were closed due to flash flooding.
The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City issued a flash flood warning for the Virgin River Narrows and Springdale area around 1 p.m., which is expected to last until 5 p.m. Much of Washington County has also been placed under flood watch.
This is a developing story.
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