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Event Details

Event Flash Flood
-- Flood Cause Heavy Rain
State UTAH
County/Area GARFIELD
WFO SLC
Begin Date 09/10/2008 11:30:00 MST-7
Begin Range 21
Begin Azimuth ESE
Begin Location ESCALANTE MUNI ARPT
Begin Lat/Lon 37.59/-111.24
End Date 09/10/2008 12:15:00 MST-7
End Range 22
End Azimuth ESE
End Location ESCALANTE MUNI ARPT
End Lat/Lon 37.59/-111.23
Deaths Direct/Indirect 2/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 2/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative Flash flooding occurred in a very narrow slot canyon in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Event Narrative Flash flooding occurred in a small, but popular, slot canyon called Egypt 3, located near the Escalante River in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. This flooding resulted in two fatalities and two more injuries.

The drainage of Egypt 3 is very small, measuring approximately 1.2 square miles. The area is void of vegetation and soil, and the underlying parent matter is Navajo Sandstone, which is virtually impermeable. Radar rainfall estimates indicated that approximately 0.2 to 0.4 inches of rain fell on the drainage. Based on calculations after the event, the peak discharge was estimated to be approximately 450 cfs, and the time from the beginning of the rainfall to peak discharge was estimated to be 24 minutes. With the dimensions of the channel, it is probable that the depth of the flood exceeded 20 feet.


Event Fatality Details

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Death 60 Male Outside/Open Areas
Death 60 Female Outside/Open Areas


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 2 2 0.00K 0.00K
ESCALANTE MUNI ARPT GARFIELD CO. UT 09/10/2008 11:30 MST-7 Flash Flood 2 2 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 2 2 0.00K 0.00K