SPRINGDALE -- Administrators say Zion National Park is set to partially reopen unless flooding on the Virgin Rivers gets worse.
Park officials said in a news release Wednesday that the Zion Lodge and Watchman Campground will also reopen Thursday. The south entrance and the visitor center opened Wednesday afternoon.
State Route 9 will remain closed from the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to the east entrance. The highway closed Monday after a 300-foot section was washed out by heavy rain.
The national park closed Tuesday and evacuated lodge guests and campers because of flooding.
The National Weather Service says that almost 7 inches of rain has fallen in the park since the storm began Friday.
The Virgin River is expected to crest in the park Wednesday evening.