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Ouachita, Ozark-St. Francis Forests remind visitors to be aware of flash floods
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Ouachita, Ozark-St. Francis Forests remind visitors to be aware of flash floods

HOT SPRINGS, AR. — Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forest managers are reminding forest visitors to be mindful of flash flood dangers when enjoying the outdoors.

The number one weather-related cause of deaths in the United States is flash floods, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Flash flooding is a result of heavy localized rainfall such as that from slow moving intense thunderstorms. Flash floods often result from small creeks and streams overflowing during heavy rainfall. These floods often become raging torrents of water which rip through river beds, city streets, coastal sections and valleys or canyons, sweeping everything with them. Often, flash floods have a dangerous wall of roaring water carrying rocks, mud and other debris that can cause injuries or deaths.

Before leaving home, remember to check the National Weather Service forecast and be alert for changing weather conditions while visiting the forest. Devices like a weather radio, a terrestrial radio and a smart-phone application can help visitors stay tuned-in during their outdoor activities. Keep in mind that in remote areas of the forest, the ability to use cell phones and digital data service may be limited.

For more information on flash floods, visit http://prst.co/5MX. Information on the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forest can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/ouachita and http://www.fs.usda.gov/osfnf respectively.

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