Eight killed by flash flooding in US


Eight killed by flash flooding in US

An Arizona sheriff's office said on Sunday at least nine people had died in flash flooding and others were missing after a wall of water swept through a popular swimming hole inside Tonto National Forest.

The missing family member is a 27-year-old male, Hornung told CNN Sunday. Four other family members were rescued and taken to the hospital and treated for hypothermia.

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He said it was unlikely any more people would be found alive.

Around 40 people from a search and rescue team and a state Department of Public Safety helicopter were involved in the search for survivors Sunday, Hornung said. "It's a recreation area that a lot of people come up to - and the flash flood came through and washed 14 people away from the camp", Sgt Hornung said.

Almost an inch of rain is believed to have fallen between 1:15 p.m. and 3:55 p.m. local time on Saturday, according to the Automated Weather Observation Station in Payson, just south of the swimming hole.

A thunderstorm upstream rushed down from an area recently cleared by wildfires and in no time had flooded the area families were spending the afternoon, authorities said. Monsoon storms are expected into the middle of the week. "We could hear the roaring of the flash flood in the distance, and it was something to behold". A flash food warning was issued but without a radio, the group would not have known.

"I wish there was a way from keeping people from getting in there during monsoon season, " Sattelmaier said "It happens every year". "We've just been lucky something like this hasn't been this tragic", Sattelmaier said.

"Out of nowhere, a bunch of water comes rushing down", Jesse Sandoval said.