Flood Safety Tips
- Always check the weather forecast for the area you plan to recreate and be aware of changing weather conditions.
- Educate yourself on the terrain you are entering. And be sure to check with the local ranger station for trail conditions.
- Do not enter a narrow or slot canyon if storms threaten. And never camp in a wash bottom.
- If you’re hiking in a stream, be aware of rising water levels or stronger currents and sudden changes in water clarity.
- Keep children and pets away from swollen waterways, as very cold and fast flows pose a serious drowning risk.
- Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
- Roads may become impassable, due to wet and muddy conditions. Never drive around the barriers blocking a flooded road.
- Realize that dry washes are a result of previous flash floods.
- Always tell someone exactly where you are going and when you will return.
"Play it smart, play it safe. Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded road, turn around, don't drown."
– National Weather Service
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