Video: This is How Fast a Flash Flood Hits

This video of a flash flood, originally posted at, shows a flash flood in Virgin, Utah.

Note the speed of the flash flood as it shoots through the dry stream bed. The sheer volume of water rushing by in the latter minutes shows the power of the flood. That’s why it rooted up so much debris, visible at the beginning of the video.

Now imagine being in the path of that flood. Whether on foot, in a vehicle or behind a wall, a flash flood like this one will make itself noticed. The people in this video took a chance by being near this event. Had the flood shifted suddenly, it’s not likely anyone would be watching this video.
Not everyone is as willing to make a sacrifice in the name of disaster education. In the event of a flash flood, evacuation is often the safest choice. That’s when having a bug-out bag makes all the difference.


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