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    Two young siblings from West Jordan died in a flashflood at Little Wild Horse Canyon inside Goblin Valley State Park in Emery County after a strong storm cell crossed the region Monday. The body of a 7-year-old girl was immediately recovered. Her 3-year-old sister’s body was recovered late Tuesday afternoon following a search.

    Two children died in Little Wildhorse Canyon Monday when flash floods hit a slot canyon. This picture shows the narrow terrain of the area, near the San Rafael Swell and Goblin Valley. Photo courtesy of Wickimedia Commons

    The Emery County Sheriff’s Office reported that nearly 70 people were searching for the child Tuesday morning. A piece of clothing thought to belong to her was found roughly seven miles from where searchers had staged their operation. Neither child has been identified.

    Members of the Grand County Search & Rescue unit were initially called to help in the search but were canceled en route. S&R teams from Wayne and Sevier counties assisted, as did employees of the Bureau of Land Management, Utah Highway Patrol, Utah State Parks, and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Three helicopters and their crews, two of them from Classic Air in Moab, also participated.

    Emery County officials said more than 20 people safely made it out of the canyon.

    The National Weather Service had issued a “significant weather advisory” for the region Monday.

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