David Rankin of rankinstudio.com posted this video shot (bottom) of a suddenly-appearing flash flood in southern Utah on Friday, Aug. 30. It shows the raw power of a Southwest U.S. flash flood aided by debris damming upstream.
It truly is the most amazing video I have ever seen of a sudden impact, “wall of water” flash flood. (And shot from several angles in HD!)
He posts this caption:
“This is a rather large flash flood with a debris plug at the front heading down Buckskin Wash which eventually dumps into the Buckskin Gulch about 10 miles further downstream. If you can imagine this going though a slot canyon, probably wouldn’t be a pleasant experience.”
I’d sure agree! Given the incredible amount of large debris on the front end of this flood and debris flow, I suspect there was some sort of event upstream — probably the release of a previous debris dam that sent all this dead timber downstream. I also noticed an old tire.
Certainly a reason to heed Flash Flood Warnings, especially when you’re in rocky, hilly or mountainous terrain. It may not rain where you are, but the flood can appear in moments! (h/t Mike Smith)