Floodwaters overtake Cove Wash as heavy rain hits St. George; 2 golf courses closed – St George News



ST. GEORGE- Spectators gathered on decks around the Sunbrook communities, phones and cameras out, as a flash flood rushed over the golf course greens and into Cove Wash on Sunday evening.

Flooding in a washout near Sunbrook Communities, St. George, Utah, August 14, 2022 | Photo by Alysha Lundgren, St. George News

After the storm passed, debris-filled brown floodwater filled drainages, most likely west and north of Santa Clara near the Shivwits Band of Paiutes Reservation, said Coldy Cowan, director of the St. George City golf course.

“It’s just that a cell comes in, a quick hitter like that, and pours out west, and then those drains fill up quickly,” he said.

St. George Fire Department Chief Robert Stoker said the area northwest of Divario Canyon Drive, west of Sunbrook Communities and Box Canyon also drains into Cove Wash.

Cowan said the washout was designed to flow into the Santa Clara River and captured similar flooding in previous years.

The flooding began between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Cowan said, adding that by 8:15 p.m. it had already started to recede.

Flooding at golf course in Sunbrook Communities, St. George, Utah, August 14, 2022 | Photo by Alysha Lundgren, St. George News

“It really was a flash flood,” he said. “It was pretty quick. Come in the morning and it probably won’t work at all.

There are three nine-hole courses in the Sunbrook communities, two of which were affected by Sunday’s flash flood, Cowan said. Holes eight and nine were hit at Woodbridge Golf Course and holes one and seven were hit at The Pointe.

Cowan expects no permanent damage to the courses or irrigation, but Woodbridge and The Pointe golf courses will likely be closed for the next two to three days while they dry out and debris is cleared.

“It’s happened many times over the years with the different episodes of flooding we’ve had,” he said. “It’s usually scraping off the mud after it’s dried out a bit and moving branches and different logs that can come down that way.”

The flooding was assessed by city officials and the fire department and there would have been no threat to homes in the area, Cowan added.

Cowan said the flooding was a good reminder for people to be careful and stay away from washouts during rainstorms and flooding. He suggested that citizens stay at least 10-15 feet apart.

A double rainbow, St. George, Utah, August 14, 2022 | Photo courtesy of Blair Frei, St. George News

“That water was moving pretty fast,” he said. “So maybe it’s just a reminder for people to be careful.”

As St. George News reported on Sunday, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for southern Utah. Several towns were affected and citizens experienced heavy rains and flooding throughout Washington County.

Additionally, those looking skyward shortly before sunset were treated to vibrant orange and gold skies and a double rainbow.

Visit the National Weather Service-Salt Lake City office website for current conditions.

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