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Flash floods are killers and they can come without much warning. Here are eight risk factors for flash floods. If you find yourself in any of these situations, be vigilant and have an exit plan in mind at all times.

1. Hiking in southwestern deserts.

2. Hiking in Low-lying areas.

3. Hiking in a wash.

4. Hiking along a dry riverbed.

5. Hiking along a streambed.

6. Hiking in a Narrow canyon or arroyo.

7. Hiking during a spring thaw.

8. A storm upstream, whether you are aware of it or not.

What else can you do to stay safe in a potential situation of flash flooding? Here is more information that can help: Great Outdoors Information: Flash Floods.