Flash floods can occur with little or no warning. Many occur after dark, when it is difficult to assess the severity of the conditions.
When visiting a forest always be alert for heavy rains and sudden changes in the weather, especially at night.
Your safety is your own responsibility. Remember, city sirens don’t exist out in nature.
Camping and recreating along streams and rivers can be risky if thunderstorms are in the area. A creek only 6 inches deep can swell to a 10-foot-deep raging river in less than an hour if a thunderstorm lingers upstream or nearby.
When water rises at a camp site or recreation area, climb to higher ground immediately. If traveling, do not drive across roads that are covered with water. Make safe choices.
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