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Warning trail users about high water


Seasonal flooding is a fact of life for many stream-side trails and greenway corridors. As with other potential hazards, it is prudent for trail managers to remind trail users to anticipate possible water on the trail. The typical situation is where trails drop down a grade to cross under a road or rail bridge. This is also the situation where sight lines are most reduced. In other cases there may be water from overflowing wetlands or other water features near the trail. In the West, flash floods from intense local storms can generate unexpected surges of stream flow. Many kinds of signs are used to warn trail users, including bilingual messages. Also very helpful are detour signs to point the way to a continuation of the route on nearby sidewalks and streets in case of flooding.

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