Apr 19, 2013 2:23 PM

Forest Officials Urge Caution Due To Flash Flooding

Recent heavy rainfall has created flash flooding throughout portions of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

The following advice is recommended when heavy rains are in the forecast, especially when outdoors in low-lying areas:

• If camping near creeks and streams, be alert for heavy rains and sudden changes in the weather, especially at night.
• When severe weather is forecasted, consider rescheduling your trip.
• Your safety is your responsibility. Always plan ahead.
• When water rises at a campsite or recreation area, climb to higher ground immediately.
• If traveling, do not drive across roads that are covered with water. Make safe choices.
• Check the weather regularly before and during outdoor activities, but remember that cellphone service may not be available in remote locations.
• Watch for rising water on trails and roadways. Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road.

Flash floods can occur with little or no warning. Many occur after dark when it is difficult to assess the severity of the conditions. Most flooding occurs in areas immediately adjacent to a stream.


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