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Flooding causes damage, closes roads and trails at Zion National Park

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Authorities at Zion National Park have closed several trails and roads due to flooding from severe storms that are moving through southern Utah. (Photo: UDOT)

(KUTV) – Authorities at Zion National Park have closed several trails and roads due to flooding from severe storms that are moving through southern Utah.

More rain is expected in the area Thursday afternoon.

According to Zion National Park, the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway (S.R 9) is closed from Canyon Junction East Entrance due to rock falls and flood damage.

Around 7 a.m., the park tweeted that storm damage closed Zion Canyon Scenic Drive at Grotto. Work on the road is causing delays for shuttles, which are running but turning around at the Grotto.

Trials past the pedestrian trails Grotto are also closed.

Around 9 a.m., park authorities said rock falls and flooding prompted the closure of the Kayneta Trail and the Middle and Upper Emerald pools. The trails were closed until further notice.

An 11:30 a.m. update from park officials indicated that the trails closures were expanded.

Additional storms and flooding are expected in the area Thursday afternoon.

2News has a crew at the park gathering information. Updates will be posted as they are available.

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