Monday, July 17, 2017

Nine people killed by flash flooding in Arizona

Arizona floods
At least nine people were killed and one other is believed missing when floodwaters from a sudden rainstorm swept through a normally tranquil swimming area in Tonto National Forest where more than 100 people were taking refuge from summer heat, authorities said on Sunday.

Some of those washed downstream clung to trees until rescuers reached them.

The flash-flooding hit on Saturday afternoon at Cold Springs canyon, about 100 northeast of Phoenix, and some people were washed several miles downstream.

The dead people ranged in age from a 60-year-old woman to a 2-year-old girl.

A 13-year-old boy remains missing.

Four people rescued by helicopter on Saturday were taken to the hospital for hypothermia.

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