Remembering The Victims Of Zion National Park Flooding

By all accounts, Steve Arthur was the kind of guy you'd want as a friend. A Sergeant with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, everyone talked about him as the kind of person who always looked on the bright side of things, who was always interested in helping out.

One former Deputy said he was the ''kind of guy who'd smooth things out rather than ruffle things up, and that's the kind of person we need in law enforcement. He was married to Linda, they had three adult children. Their Camarillo neighbors called them ''wonderful people, they watched our dog, we watched theirs, they were always bringing us food to our house ''

Sadly, the Arthurs were among 7 friends who died in Mondays' flash flooding in a tight canyon that's part of Zion National Park in Utah. They were all experienced hikers, who'd apparently been told about the potential danger lurking ahead due to the potential of rains, but they went ahead with their planned adventure anyway.

We'll never know what happened or what they were thinking or why all these experienced outdoors people found themselves trapped, but it certainly points out the very real danger of flash floods and the need for all of us to take these warning seriously wherever we are.

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