Lower Antelope Canyon Flash-Flood-Disaster 1997, Page, Arizona, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member g300td
N 36° 54.141 W 111° 24.658
12S E 463386 N 4084118
Quick Description: Antelope Canyon is visited exclusively through guided tours, in part because rains during monsoon season can quickly flood the canyon.
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 11/7/2014 11:13:08 AM
Waymark Code: WMMV95
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cldisme
Views: 5

Long Description:
"Rain does not have to fall on or near the Antelope Canyon slots for flash floods to whip through, as rain falling dozens of miles away 'upstream' of the canyons can funnel into them with little prior notice. On August 12, 1997, eleven tourists, including seven from France, one from the United Kingdom, one from Sweden and two from the United States, were killed in Lower Antelope Canyon by a flash flood. Very little rain fell at the site that day, but an earlier thunderstorm had dumped a large amount of water into the canyon basin, seven miles upstream. The lone survivor of the flood was tour guide Francisco "Poncho" Quintana, who had prior swift-water training. At the time, the ladder system consisted of amateur-built wood ladders that were swept away by the flash flood. Today, ladder systems have been bolted in place, and deployable cargo nets are installed at the top of the canyon. At the fee booth, a NOAA Weather Radio from the National Weather Service and an alarm horn are stationed."
Source: Wikipedia
Disaster Date: 8/12/1997

Memorial Sponsors: Lions Club International, Rotary International

Parking Coordinates: N 36° 54.171 W 111° 24.635

Disaster Type: Natural

Relevant Website: [Web Link]

Date of dedication: Not listed

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