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Highway crews cleaning up after flooding closes Utah routes

August 9, 2019
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A log jam forms behind a culvert following mudslides next to U.S. Highway 6 between Spanish Fork and Helper near Salt Lake City on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. The Utah Highway Patrol said flooding late Thursday left several feet of mud on sections of U.S. 6 and that it remained closed Friday between Price and Spanish Fork. (Colter Peterson/The Deseret News via AP)
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A log jam forms behind a culvert following mudslides next to U.S. Highway 6 between Spanish Fork and Helper near Salt Lake City on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. The Utah Highway Patrol said flooding late Thursday left several feet of mud on sections of U.S. 6 and that it remained closed Friday between Price and Spanish Fork. (Colter Peterson/The Deseret News via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Crews in Utah spent Friday clearing landslides and mud from several canyon highways and roads following heavy rainfall the night before.

Homes were briefly evacuated in one canyon south of Provo, and motorists were evacuated from another near Salt Lake City, authorities said. But there were no reports of injuries. Parts of U.S. 6 and Little Cottonwood Canyon remained closed Friday.

The evacuations in Loafer Canyon south of Provo came after a mudslide hit near a wildfire burn scar late Thursday. The evacuations have since been lifted, but parts of the road remained closed Friday.

The rain also spread several feet of mud across U.S. 6, which remained closed Friday between Price and Spanish Fork, according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

In Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City, people had to be evacuated from cars trapped by a rock and mudslide on State Route 210. There were no reports of anybody being swept away or injured.

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