“We saw dark clouds and then lightning off in the distance. We kept checking in with each other then made the receipt to get out about a mile down. We hurried into an alcove that was a hundred feet above the river.” – Matt Castelli, Hiker/Rafter.
Moab and Southern Utah saw some wild flash flooding last weekend, and they are expecting more rain this weekend too. If you were outside in Southern Utah when it started raining, it was not a fun experience. KSL.com reports that five friends were on a Green River packrafting trip in Canyonlands National Park when a weather emergency made them think quickly. Matt Castelli and four friends checked the weather Saturday morning before going on the trip. A few hours later, they heard lightning in the distance and decided it was time to seek shelter, which they found in a nearby cave.
Two minutes after they made it to the cave, the rains started hammering the area. The group sat in the cave for two and a half hours waiting for the storm to pass. They witnessed waterfalls in locations that they never thought were possible. On Sunday, the group hiked out and made it to safety without any injuries. It’s a great reminder to watch the weather and to bring the proper gear in case of an emergency.
Image/Video Credits: KSL.com, Michael Heckendorn, and Darius Nabor