(ModernSurvival.org) – Camping is one of many ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Sleeping under the stars, enjoying a campfire with family, and getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life can be very relaxing — unless the camp ends up underwater.
Flash floods tend to strike without warning. One heavy rainfall and a tent set up in the wrong location could soon become a sinking ship, rather than a refuge from the storm. With a little knowledge, it’s possible to select a campsite that will reduce the risk of flooding in heavy rainfall.
Don’t Camp Here
The first step to keeping a campsite safe from a flash flood is to choose a location that is above the water level of nearby lakes, ponds, streams, or rivers. Should rainfall swell any of these areas, the water will flood lower areas first.
This seems obvious, but dry creek beds and any area that shows signs of water erosion are to be avoided. Accumulation of rocks, sand, and debris are good indicators of past water flows. If water once flowed there, it can (and likely will) do so again the next time a storm passes through. Remember, even if it isn’t storming in the immediate area, a flash flood can travel great distances under the right conditions.
The best way to avoid a campsite getting washed away is to take time to examine the area before setting anything up. It’s better to survey the land than to end up losing gear — or your life.
Flash floods are one danger that can strike unwary campers, but wildlife is another issue that must be dealt with. To see how to keep them out of camp, check out our article here.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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