More people die from flash floods in the United States each year than from tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning, according to the Meteorological Service.
Assessing the dangers of flooding can be even more difficult at night, according to state and federal safety agencies, which warn against camping or parking near streams or in other flood-prone areas.
People ordered to evacuate their homes shouldn’t try to return until authorities tell them it’s safe, disaster risk reduction experts said.
In Grand Canyon National Park, a Michigan woman was killed in a flash flood along the Colorado River near Tatahatso Camp, the National Park Service said. She was reported missing on July 14 and her body was found the next day, the agency said.
Five other people were medically evacuated from the area, one in critical condition, according to the National Park Service, which said monsoon weather caused the flash floods.
The floods there occur “because the arid, sparsely vegetated environments in these areas have little capacity to absorb rain,” the agency said. “The resulting runoff moves quickly through the narrow gorges and steep terrain found throughout the region. In many areas, even small storms can usually turn dry creek beds into torrential water in a matter of minutes. “
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