SALT LAKE CITY -- Receding flood waters in Southern Utah on Wednesday left emergency officials with fewer problems than originally feared.
Most of the danger was isolated to flash floods in dry washes and streambeds in the northern part of the county, said Washington County spokesman Marc Mortensen.
The only reported damage to houses were some flooded basements in Enterprise, about 40 miles northwest of St. George, Mortensen said. The waters are from Shoal Creek, a tributary of the Santa Clara River.
A subdivision with about 25 homes in the town of New Harmony was under a voluntary evacuation order for most of Wednesday.
Officials worried that a bridge providing access to the subdivision over North Ash Creek, a tributary of the Virgin River, was going to be washed out.
By Wednesday evening, the creek had receded significantly, Mortensen said. Residents were being allowed to use the bridge.
Some small bridges were destroyed by flood waters, including one on a dirt road that accesses the Enterprise Reservoir. Two footbridges on golf courses in St. George were also lost.
Gunlock, which is about 25 miles northwest of St. George, remained accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicles after the two bridges leading into the town were closed Tuesday by flooding.
The National Weather Service was projecting up to 2 inches of rain Wednesday.
The Virgin and Santa Clara rivers were expected to crest in populated areas about 10 p.m. Wednesday.
The flooding forced the closure Tuesday of Zion National Park, and the park remained mostly closed Wednesday.
The south entrance and visitor center, both near Springdale, opened Wednesday afternoon.
Park officials said in a news release that the park will partially reopen today.
That includes the Zion Lodge and Watchman Campground.
State Route 9, which goes through the entire park, will remain closed from the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to the east entrance.
It closed Monday after a 300-foot section on the upper plateau of the park was washed out by heavy rain.