WATCH: Amazing Viral Video Shows Flash Flood Engulf Seemingly Dry Desert in Seconds

by Matthew Memrick
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An amazing viral video recently showed the swiftness and ferocity of flash flooding in the desert.

In a recent TikTok video by Weston Couey, a flash flood occurs in a matter of mere minutes. Couey beats the flood in a nearly dry creek bed to film it. The tremendous force of the water, again, drives the debris down the bed within minutes.  

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that flash floods are the most dangerous kind of floods. The combination of the destructive power of the water and incredible speed can be devastating in minutes. 

The weather event naturally occurs when heavy rainfall exceeds the ability of the ground to absorb it.

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In a separate video, a man described how six hours of rain 40 miles away worked its way down the wash (or gully) in a five-minute video.

David Rankin said that clogging debris (rocks, roots, etc.) at the front of the wash slowed down the water’s flow. 

Then, the water pressure increases despite the buildup making for an impressive scene. The speed of the water plows up the debris easily before the powerful water takes over. As the flow runs along the creekbed, the flood’s power is known both with sound and fury. 

In one video portion, the water behind the debris was pushing a massive boulder downstream. Rankin chased the particular flash flood with his wife and friend in the 2013 video. At one point, he ran side-by-side with the debris. 

Over the years, millions have tuned in to watch the video.

Amazing Viral Videos Show Flash Floods In Utah Desert, Town

Videos of massive southern Utah flash flooding have gone viral recently.

Rains have plagued several portions of southwestern and central Utah in the recent week. Several parts of the state started August under flash flood warnings and are under a state of emergency.

Areas with burn scars or places where wildfires burned topped the list of places susceptible to flash flooding. 

On July 27, a Fox 13 reporter tweeted out a fantastic video of flooding.

Southern Utah University in Cedar City said the flash floods had displaced about 200 students. The school provided temporary housing for students for a month until they could return to apartments or find new arrangements.

Last week, the officials said Cedar City had more than two inches of rain in about an hour to cause the flooding. Residents there started to sandbag parts of the city.

According to the National Weather Service, 88 people die per year in the United States from flash flooding. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates that worldwide floods cause than $40 billion in damage yearly. National Geographic state the U.S. losses are close to $8 billion. 

Weather forecasters expected the rain to continue Monday before passing through on Tuesday.

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