While responding to flooding reported in Capitol Reef National Park on SR-24, Wayne County Deputy Taylor Record made his way into the Cainville and Hanksville areas to check for additional flooding. When he arrived, he reported severe flooding as several homes and businesses were taking on excessive amounts of water.
According to a recent press release from Hanksville officials, many cars and camp trailers were also damaged or swept away by the floodwaters.
Wayne County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue was immediately called in to help with flood operations.
The release noted that a 500-gallon propane tank was "carried away" by the floodwater and released a "cloud of propane" which created a potentially dangerous hazmat situation.
Wayne County Fire Hazmat was called to respond but could not get to the area due to the extensive flooding.
Those who were already on the scene were able to shut off the tank and secure it from floating further away.
Utah Highway Patrol troopers also helped by diverting drivers away from floodwaters. Sevier County and Emery County offered to assist with evacuations and rescue operations.
Sevier County Sheriff Nathan Curtis dispatched an airboat and two flat bottom boats to check on areas isolated by high water levels in an effort to tackle potential water rescues.
Mayor Jeffren Pei said that all citizens were reported safe and accounted for, this included visitors staying at local motels. He has created a GoFundMe to help with damage costs for the town.
The press releases stated that the extent of the damage has yet to be fully determined and will be evaluated over the next several days.