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Event: Flash Flood Warning
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEDFORD HAS EXTENDED THE
* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR GLACIER INDUCED FLOODING IN...
SOUTH CENTRAL SISKIYOU COUNTY IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA...
* UNTIL 1045 AM PDT SUNDAY
* AT 443 AM PDT...A GLACIER ON MT SHASTA HAS BROKEN...RELEASING
LARGE QUANTITIES OF MUD...ROCKS AND WATER. THIS IS CAUSING
FLASH FLOODING IN MUD CREEK AND PILGRIM CREEK.
* LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTS THAT FLOODING IS OCCURRING AT THE
FOLLOWING ROADS: FOREST SERVICE ROAD 31 KNOWN AS WINDING WAY AND
FOREST SERVICE ROAD 13 KNOWN AS PILGRIM CREEK ROAD. BOTH ROADS
Instructions: FLOOD WATERS ARE MOVING DOWN MUD CREEK AND PILGRIM CREEK FROM MID WAY UP MOUNT SHASTA TO JUST NORTH OF HIGHWAY 89 WHERE WATERS ARE CURRENTLY DAMMED. WATER CONTINUES TO ACCUMULATE UPSTREAM BEHIND THE DEBRIS FLOW AND MAY BREAK FREE AND FLOW DOWNSTREAM AT ANY TIME. A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS FLASH FLOODING IS OCCURRING OR IS IMMINENT. MOST FLOOD RELATED DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS WATER COVERED BRIDGES...DIPS...OR LOW WATER CROSSINGS. NEVER TRY TO CROSS A FLOWING STREAM... EVEN A SMALL ONE... ON FOOT. TO ESCAPE RISING WATER MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND.
Shasta-Trinity National Forest wilderness rangers believe the mudslide may be related to the drought, which has left Mt. Shasta’s glaciers exposed to the sun’s heat.
AT 1035 AM PDT...A GLACIER OUTBURST ON MT SHASTA HAS RELEASED
LARGE QUANTITIES OF MUD...ROCKS AND WATER. THIS IS CAUSING FLASH
FLOODING ON MUD CREEK AND PILGRIM CREEKS.
originally posted by: Olivine
a reply to: ecapsretuo
I completely agree with you. It wasn't that long ago either.
When I was living in the area, in the '90s, the mountain always had snow covering the glaciers and at least the top 1/5 of edifice in mid summer.
The 1924 mud flow from Konwakiton Glacier made front page news in the Redding Courier-Free Press six times during the months of August and September. The first article covering the story in this newspaper, on the front page, was:
BREAKING UP OF GLACIER AT TOP OF MT. SHASTA MUDDIES WATER Water of River Muddiest It Has Ever Been Roads Washed Out by Rush of Water Down Mountain
(By the Associated Press) SACRAMENTO, Aug. 18
A veritable river of mud, boulders and ashes extending in width from a few hundred yards to half mile, in some places fifteen to 20 feet deep, is flowing from the mouth of Mud Creek canyon, eight miles above McCloud, on the slope of Mount Shasta, into the McCloud river, says a dispatch to the Sacramento Bee. The sudden flood is attributed by old residents to a sudden break up of the glacier exposed to sun's rays at the top of an extinct volcano. McCloud's water pipes were broken for two days. The water of the Sacramento river was the muddiest it has been for years...
MT. SHASTA TOWNS SAVED Cave-in Dams Flood of Lava, Glacier Mud
Sudden Cold Spell Sets Natural Formation, Saving McCloud from Torrent DANGER IS INCREASING
Lake Forming on Mountainside as Snow Waters are Impounded
SACRAMENTO, Sept. 19
Freezing temperatures at the base of Mount Shasta early today checked the stupendous flow of ashes, mud and lava formation, which poured down the sides of the mountain before a torrent of flood waters, imperilling the lumber town of McCloud, five miles distant.