Forest service warns campers of flash flood threat
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Officials with the U.S. Forest Service are warning campers to be wary of the threat of flash floods.
The forest service has issued a flash flood bulletin for communities in the Asheville area as well as for people who camp outdoors. A flash flood is a serious issue for forest visitors because rising flood water is extremely dangerous and can claim victims in less than one minute.
Kristin Bail, forest supervisor of the U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina, says many campers like to spend the night in the forest. But Ball says a sudden rush of water toward their camp site would put them in danger.
Campers usually flock to the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie and Croatan national forests in North Carolina.