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Video: Drones give emergency responders bird's-eye view of Utah flash flooding

Date: 2015-09-25
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Via KSL.com and Utah DEM

Photo: Utah Division of Emergency Management/YouTube

The Utah Division of Emergency Management (DEM) has released new video showing the spot where flash floods started in Hildale and Colorado City. The emergency division was able to follow the flood path and get upclose and far-away looks, proving drones are becoming a valuable resource for emergency responders in disaster areas.

"We're able to see real-time what the camera on the quad-copter is seeing," said Joe Dougherty with the division.

In only the second time the state's emergency department deployed its drone on a natural disaster, the Hildale drone footage captured valuable information for emergency crews. "We were able to fly and show exactly the flood channel — right down inside the actual channel, which you would never get a helicopter in there," Dougherty said.

The video not only aided in search efforts, but helped assess the widespread damage. "Documenting nature's destruction is also a really important function that we do," Dougherty said. "If we were ever to make a request to the federal government for help, video is going to give us loads of information."

Watch the complete news story with embedded videos on ksl.com here

Watch the complete floodpath flyover on the Utah DEM youtube page here 
This is an aerial flyover of the flood path from a side wash into Short Creek. The video was taken Sept. 18, 2015, after search and recovery teams arrived to aid the local communities.

Watch more public safety related videos on our video page

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via Utah DEM, 9/14/15, with thanks to emergencymanagement.com)

 

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