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|May 22, 2018|
Arizona floods deal out deadly results
PAYSON, AZ - Nine people were killed in a flash flood along the Verde River in Arizona over the weekend, and a search for additional victims continues.
Two children were among those killed when a torrent of water and debris reportedly washed over a large family gathering at a popular swimming hole along the Verde River, according to authorities. Four people were rescued and airlifted to local hospitals.
The flash flood hit the Cold Springs Swimming Hole North of Payson, according to Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd. Extreme monsoonal thunderstorms had dumped water on parts of Southwest Arizona, triggering the flash flood.
“There was a large group recreating along the river and several people were swept away from their recreation area. We rescued four people and before nightfall, we recovered three others," Gila County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. David Horning told Arizona’s Channel 3 News.
Story Date: July 17, 2017