United States: hundreds of people evacuated after flash floods in the West

New floods hit the United States after torrential rains. Flash floods washed away hikers and triggered evacuations across the west of the country over the weekend. This is the latest weather disaster to affect this region and its famous natural parks.

A woman was still missing on Monday after being swept away by a flood Friday in Utah’s Zion National Park, famous for its red rock cliffs and canyons.

200 visitors stuck in caves

The sudden rise in water also injured another hiker in the same park, dragged hundreds of meters. Several others were also blocked until rangers came to their aid, detailed the agency dedicated to national parks (NPS).

Some 200 visitors also had to be evacuated after being trapped for several hours in the caves of Carlsbad National Park, New Mexico, without any injuries. North Texas was also particularly affected by the rains, with many roads flooded.

The drought in question

These flash floods took place after heavy rains in the southwestern United States, affected for more than twenty years by a persistent drought. However, far from relieving dry land, “if the water pours out in a short period of time, it flows” rather than “being really absorbed”, explained Chris Rasmussen, member of the American weather services (NWS ).

North Texas and parts of Mississippi could get up to 7 inches of rain this week, according to NWS forecasts. Flash flood warnings were issued Monday around Dallas.

“Most of this rain will be beneficial and welcome compared to the ongoing drought (…), but flash floods are still possible in urban settings and in areas with poor drainage systems,” warned Services.

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