This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
HURRICANE, Utah (AP) -- It may be dry again in Southern Utah, but flash flooding season still has a way to go.
Flash floods are a threat in the region until October. Sudden storms can dump several inches of rain, which can create dangerous flooding situations.
The sandstone of Southern Utah doesn't soak up the rain. Instead, the water rushes over the ground and picks up speed and volume as it moves along.
Slot canyons can be especially dangerous, because the water is channeled through the narrow rock walls. Hikers who are enjoying the spectacular views are at risk if they don't plan ahead.
Officials say the best way to stay safe is to plan ahead. If there's a storm in the forecast -- even if the sky is perfectly clear -- flash floods are a possibility.
Information from: The Spectrum
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)