Nine Dead from one family after being swept up in flash flood

The aftermath of a deadly flash flood in Pays

Two people are still missing but that number may increase, deputies said on Sunday as the extent of the damage became more clear. Search and rescue crews, incl.

Carlos DeZubeldia and a companion unknowingly arrived just after the flood went through the area.

Nancy's boyfriend and his dad tried to get to them.

A hiker named Disa Alexander revealed in an interview that she was hiking near the swimming hole within the Ellison Creek and East Verde River areas when the water suddenly flowed. The victims range in ages between 2 and 60, he said. The deaths include at least one child. Two adults and two children rescued by helicopter Saturday were taken to the hospital for hypothermia.

'It's pretty much recovery (now).

Three bodies were recovered on Saturday, with the other six on Sunday, Hornung said. Agencies are still looking for a 27-year-old man. The National Weather Service had issued a warning of #Flash Floods but no one had expected it to strike the way it did.

Los Angeles Times reports that it was a warm summer day in Arizona and the group had made preparations to enjoy the cool surroundings when a severe thunderstorm happened in a nearby area and it dumped heavy rainfall on the mountain.

"They had no warning". First Crossing, Second Crossing, and Water Wheel on Houston Mesa Road are all closed at this time.

Detective David Hornung of the Gila County Sheriff's Office says Monday that Hector Garnica's wife also died in the floodwaters at the Tonto National Forest. "It's overgrown. It's rocky".

The videos and pictures from the scene of a deadly flash flood north of Payson are devastating. Had they been swept downstream, they would have been sent over a 20-foot waterfall, Alexander said.

They ended up trapped in the area for more than four hours.

The danger of flash floods are always present during the monsoon season in the southwest. Monsoon thunderstorms are a common, almost daily occurrence in Arizona thanks to the mix of heat and moisture in the summer months.

"There's no way of knowing how many people were actually there", Sattelmaier said. It happens every year.

"The water is calm", she said, "and next thing we know there's just a bunch of water coming down".

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