Friday, September 12, 2008

Very Sad
A couple was killed in a flash flood during a family outing.
ESCALANTE - Rain fell lightly on a slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on Wednesday afternoon, offering hikers there no warning of the raging flood waters that would moments later sweep them away.
The torrent of water overtook the hikers in the narrow canyon at 2:30 p.m. and, when it had passed, Kathy and Gordon Chapple, both 60, of Walnut Creek, Calif., were dead and two other family members injured in the Egypt trailhead area, said Garfield County spokeswoman Becki Bronson.
"Literally, it was a matter of minutes from the time it started raining to the time it began to flood," Bronson said.

My condolences to their friends and family.

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