One Dead in Grand Canyon After Flash Flooding From Monsoons

2 weeks ago 5
PR Distribution

U.S.|Monsoon rains flood the Grand Canyon, leaving 1 camper dead.

Flooding turned the h2o  muddy brownish  successful  parts of the Grand Canyon connected  Thursday.
Credit...John Dillon, via Associated Press

Isabella Grullón Paz

  • July 16, 2021, 4:13 p.m. ET

A pistillate was recovered dormant and 5 radical were injured aft a flash flood successful the Grand Canyon this week, the National Park Service said connected Friday, arsenic monsoon rains near parts of Arizona awash successful muddy, fast-moving and perchance unsafe water.

As parts of the West hole for the 4th large vigor question of the summer, monsoon play successful the Southwest has besides brought dense rainfall to New Mexico and Arizona, with an unusually aggravated downpour propelling a torrent of h2o done portion of the Grand Canyon, washing distant a campy wherever astir 30 radical connected a rafting travel were spending the night.

Park officials started a hunt aft receiving a study of 2 radical missing and “multiple parties injured.” Early Thursday, hunt and rescue workers recovered 5 people, 1 of whom was successful captious condition, the parkland work said. Two much were aboriginal found, 1 uninjured and 1 dead.

The parkland work said the idiosyncratic who died was Rebecca Copeland, 29, of Ann Arbor, Mich.

Kaitlyn Thomas, a parkland work spokeswoman for the National Park Service, said the flood overtook the campsite from the sides of the canyon, an uncommon occurrence.

Large parts of the Southwest are susceptible to flash floods, with dry, sparsely vegetated onshore that does not easy sorb rainfall and makes it casual for the smallest of storms to make a torrent, arsenic rainfall runoff moves rapidly done constrictive canyons and steep terrain.

Floods tin get adjacent worse during monsoon season, which runs from June to September. The National Weather Service issued flash flood and tempest warnings for parts of Arizona connected Wednesday and Thursday, and said the warnings would stay successful spot done the adjacent fewer days.

Flash floods person pummeled the authorities this week, particularly successful Flagstaff, where the waters person washed distant cars. Gov. Doug Ducey announced a authorities of exigency connected Friday successful Coconino County, which includes Flagstaff, saying that the authorities would marque up to $200,000 disposable for effect efforts.

Read Entire Article