9 killed by flash flooding in Arizona, another one missing out on
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By Reuters News|Updated: JULY 17, 2017
PHOENIX (Reuters) – At least 9 individuals drowned while swimming in an Arizona river when they ended up being overwhelmed by flash flooding following heavy rains in the drought-stricken area, authorities stated on Sunday.
Authorities were looking for a minimum of another missing out on individual after the occurrence on Saturday afternoon in the Verde River near Payson, about 90 miles (145 km) northeast of Phoenix, Water Wheel Fire and Medical District Fire Chief Ron Sattelmaier stated.
Regional media reported a minimum of 2 kids were amongst the dead. The Gila County Sheriff’s Office did not provide information of the departed or those missing out on.
A search-and-rescue operation was under method including constable’s deputies and the Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger Helicopter, in addition to members of the regional Whispering Pines Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service, Sheriff Adam Shepherd stated in a declaration.
There was likewise issue over possible flash flooding in southern Arizona.
The National Weather Service in Phoenix stated that the majority of Arizona was under flash flood watch till Monday night, cautioning that “heavy rains can produce flash flooding of low lying, typically dry locations such as washes.”