When it rains in
Mohave County, flood control channels,
rivers, and washes quickly fill up with
fast moving water, and this can create a
potentially life-threatening danger to
anyone who gets caught or swept away.
A foot or two
of water can cost you your life!
Nearly half of all flash flood
fatalities are automobile related.
Two feet of water will carry away
most automobiles. Also avoid walking through floodwaters, even six
inches of water can sweep you off
A flash flood is a
torrent of water rushing through
normally dry or low-flow creeks,
streams, washes, ravines, culverts, or
over lower lying ground. In desert
areas, a raging torrent of water may
move off the mountains for miles into
relatively flat terrain. The violent
rushing of water collects debris and mud
as it moves and becomes destructive to
everything in its path.