“To have rushing mud, water with rocks and debris,” said Adam Provance, a hiking guide and survival expert. “That'll scare you pretty good.”
Provance was caught in a Flash Flood when he first moved to
“I was in slot canyon, and I scrambled to a ledge,” said Provance. “I sat on the ledge for about 30-40 minutes, and watched the level rise, and rise, and rise.”
Provance now works to make sure others do not get caught in the same situation. His website, youhikeguide.com, lists all the hazards hikers may encounter and how to be prepared.
When it comes to flash flooding, there is one important step hikers cannot afford to miss.
“You always want to check the weather report,” said Provance.
If there are any signs of storms in the forecast, do no risk the hike. Even just rain can turn a hiking trail into a slick mess.
“Typically when you hear thunder, get out of there,” said Provance. Words of advice that are especially important in slot canyons.
“You'll feel a stiff breeze, coming down the canyon, usually a cooler breeze,” said Provance. “If that's the case, you may only have a few moments to get out of the canyon. Sometimes just getting off the ground a couple feet can make a difference.”
Provance does have some advice if you are caught in a flash flood.
“If you're caught in the water, head downstream with your feet facing forward,” said Provance. “That way if you do hit any debris, it'll hit your feet first, instead of cracking yourself in the head.”
For up to date forecasts check abc4.com/weather. You can also download our PinPoint Weather App for up to date information in your area.