UPDATE: Sept 3, 2010 – Received a stunning photo of the water leaving Antelope Canyon http://www.lakepowellrealty.net/2010/09/03/antelope-flash-flood-photo/
Yesterday 8 people were trapped in Antelope Canyon outside of Page, Arizona, and near Lake Powell when a medium sized flash flood smashed into the canyon. Happily everyone exited the canyon safely and all will have terrifying stories to tell.
Here is the only news article so far on the event yesterday from the AZ Daily Sun
This time of year is beautiful at Lake Powell and in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona – temps cool down a bit with the building of afternoon thundershowers as we are on the Northern end of the seasonal monsoonal flows. However, it can also be deadly. In 1997, eleven hikers lost their life in our beautiful Antelope Canyon when a flash flood overtook them.
Last week 3 hikers were lucky to survive their brush with a flash flood as it washed them down a canyon in Zion National Park after an inch of rain fell in 30 minutes. (see article below)
It is critically important to check the weather where you are hiking, and if there is any chance of storms, stay out of the canyons. Many don’t realize that it was the awesome force of the water which created the canyons.
Flash Flood Links
New Flash Flood Footage Shot by David Rankin 07-30-10 at Wahweap Creek Which Flows in to Lake Powell (Shot same day as Antelope Canyon Flood)
Antelope Canyon Photos and History – by Heather Rankin