43924Re: flash in the narrows
- Aug 1, 2007
It's a mess here! Trees falling... floods... expecting power to go out for another few hours tonight! Ouch!!!!
--- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, luvs_to_hike <no_reply@...> wrote:
> Church group narrowly escapes Zion flooding
> BY KEN PETERSON
> kpeterson@... <mailto:kpeterson@...
> ST. GEORGE - A church group of about 30 people in the lower part of The
> Narrows at Zion National Park had to escape to higher ground Friday when
> the North Fork of the Virgin River flash-flooded from heavy rains.
> Park superintendent Jock Whitworth said the group had hiked about three
> miles up the canyon and was making its way back when the water came up
> on them. He said they climbed atop some boulders to escape the flood.
> A few people got off the boulders before the water subsided. One woman
> lost her footing and was washed down the river for about a quarter of a
> mile before she was able to work her way out.
> Whitworth said a visitor waded across the river to give her a towel to
> dry off and she waited there until park rangers came to help her back
> across the river.
> Whitworth said another group was still camping in The Narrows Saturday,
> but is not expected to come out until late in the evening. Park
> officials are waiting to see if they make it out safely.
> Whitworth cautions people to watch weather forecasts and if rain comes
> and the water starts to rise, move to higher ground and stay there until
> the water subsides.
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