Governor’s statement on flash flood in Zion National Park

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 15, 2015) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the flash flooding in Keyhole Canyon located in Zion National Park:

“I join with other Utahns in mourning today the lives lost in two tragic incidents at Zion National Park and Hildale. Jeanette and I send our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones.

“I thank the first responders, volunteers and other officials involved in the recovery effort. I remind residents and those in neighboring communities to keep the affected areas clear of unnecessary traffic to allow local responders to perform their duties.

“Today’s tragedy also serves as a reminder to residents and those visiting our state to take appropriate precautions and be aware of the factors that contribute to dangerous flash floods. This includes strong thunderstorms and intense rainfall that can take place over several hours or even just a few minutes.”