Preparing for a Deluge

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Preparing for a Deluge


Always check the weather before going on vacation near a river or stream or a hike through a slot canyon, to camp, or fish.  Turn on your local weather channel or check on phone to avoid heading into a storm.


Severe conditions are better weathered through on higher ground, in a safe, controlled environment where there is constant communication with regular updates. I cannot emphasize this enough! 


Thunderstorms with heavy rain can cause severe flooding in canyons. These storms can be powerful and sudden. Water can rise quickly downstream from heavy rain, even when the parent thunderstorm is miles away!


If you are visiting an area during monsoon season:

  • Know the weather forecast for your area as well as areas upstream.
  • Finish hiking in the morning and be out of canyons or away from washes before the afternoon.
  • Do not camp overnight or park your vehicle along/ near streams and washes.


If you are hiking in canyons or by water:

  • Pay attention to water conditions. Leave the river area immediately if the water becomes muddy or begins rising!
  • Stay out of flooded areas, as the water may still be rising and the current is swift.
  • Flash flooding can happen at any low water crossing or dip – even on roads. Never drive into a flooded roadway – find an alternate route or be patient and wait for the flooding to stop.


Stormy skies are eerily mesmerizing but can be dangerous in one swift second! In 2015, 13 women and children were killed in a flash flood in Colorado City because they were too close to raging waters during a downpour. The flood waters also rushed through Southern Utah’s Zion National Park, killing seven hikers traveling through Keyhole Canyon.


Cloud formations quickly skitter, ever evolving, across the uppersphere. Be proactive. Stay away from raging water! In an hour, a trickle of water in a fairly dry riverbed can raise 8 feet and turn into a roaring river, taking the soil and trees with it while creating a new path.

People are counting on you to make good decisions.


So stay safe out there folks!

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Comments (8)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Wanda,

What a great reminder to pay attention to your surroundings. Always pays to take precautions when adverse weather is a threat. Better safe than sorry!

Aug 09, 2022 07:35 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

These are good tips to share. When we were traveling across country we had a reservation at a campground in Kansas near a river. Well, we had quite the storm with tons of wind - luckily the river was fine, but the next day there were all sorts of equipment that people had to go find because they blew away. Awnings were ripped, etc. Quite the evening!

Aug 10, 2022 05:02 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That would be very scary to get stuck in a flash flood and luckily I have never had to worry about it.

Aug 10, 2022 05:10 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Yes, proper planning can prevent tragedy and being part of the news headlines, Dorie Dillard Austin TX!

Aug 10, 2022 07:22 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Wind can be so very destructive, especially when rain is coming down in sheets on top of that, Kat Palmiotti. Glad no one got seriously hurt!

Aug 10, 2022 07:27 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

When living in Georgia as a child, we had our fair share of flash floods, Brian England, even living through a tornado. Thankfully, it jumped over our apartment building, leveling a closed convenience store before moving on. All of us kids went outside afterwards looking for candy!

Aug 10, 2022 07:33 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Love that photo, Wanda. And what excellent advice to share with your readers. Storms and flash floods can happen quickly. When you are vacationing or out on the road it is so important to check the weather conditions. 

Aug 10, 2022 08:03 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

We watched that storm from a distance under the covered patio at the Silo. It was mesmerizing and brought a lot of water in quite a hurry, Kathy Streib. We appreciate the moisture but not in the form of torrential rains!

Aug 11, 2022 08:30 AM