Forest Service Officials alert neighbors and visitors about the dangers of flash floods

During a flash flood rapidly rising water can reach heights of 30 feet

USDA Forest Service


National forest officials are reminding visitors and neighboring communities about the potential dangers of flash floods which can occur throughout the year, but can be more frequent during the rainy months of April and May.  A flash flood is a serious weather event for forest visitors because rising flood water is extremely dangerous—a sudden surge can claim victims in less than one minute.

Any intense, heavy rain that falls in a short amount of time can create flash flood conditions especially in low-lying areas, according to the National Weather Service, and it can happen at a moment’s notice any time of the year.

During a flash flood, rapidly rising water can reach heights of 30 feet or more. The velocity of a flood surge can easily roll boulders and vehicles, tear out trees, destroy bridges and undermine roads. A low-lying area can become a death trap in a matter of minutes.

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