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Flash flood in Arizona kills at least seven people

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Kenny Thornton | 17 July, 2017, 20:34

At least nine people were killed Saturday after flash flooding swept through Tonto National Forest in Arizona, authorities said.

Two people are still missing but that number may increase, deputies said on Sunday as the extent of the damage became more clear. The station also posted raw video of a helicopter rescue operation in the area showing muddy water cascading over rock. "They heard a roar, and it was on top of them", Water Wheel Fire and Medical District Fire Chief Ron Sattelmaier said.

"The clouds over on the other side of the mountain can be dumping buckets, and all of a sudden there's a wall of water coming through that just wipes out everything in its path", said Stevens, who has lived in the area for 20 years.

At 3:19 p.m., the Gila County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call that multiple people were reported missing after water swept through the area, the department said in a statement.

However, it had not been raining in the area where people were swimming.

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

The group had set out chairs to lounge on a warm summer day when miles upstream an intense thunderstorm dumped heavy rainfall on the mountain. "In addition to the state of Arizona providing full air support, we will continue to assist in all ways possible", Ducey said. He and Alexander were hiking with friends when they were caught up in the flash flood near Payson.

Ellison Creek flooded the narrow canyon where the family members were swimming.

"This is monsoon season, and we get a lot of local rain", Hornung told The News. A flash food warning was issued but without a radio, the group would not have known.

"Normally it's just a trickle of a creek, but during the monsoon season it can go from a foot deep to 10 feet deep in a matter of minutes", he said.

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