A flood of memories about safety
Looking through the Associated Press photos of the floods in Colorado last week, I was reminded of an incident that happened while I lived in Tucson.
In the Colorado photos, people are gathered on the banks of a flooded river. That’s what my family and friends would do after a heavy downpour in Tucson - head straight to the Santa Cruz River - even though public safety officials warned people to stay away from the rushing water and soft banks.
I hung back a ways while my two brothers headed right to the edge of the bank. We were amazed at the sight of the chocolate-milk colored water gushing and overflowing from the usually bone-dry river.
After about 10 minutes, my brothers headed back to where I was standing. Not even 5 minutes after their move, the bank where they were standing collapsed and was swallowed by the river.
Heed public warnings, people!