Tragedy In Arizona: 9 Dead, 1 Missing After Flash Floods Tear Through Popular Swimming Hole
An area near the Cold Spring swimming hole north of Payson was the site of a deadly flash flood that killed nine people on Saturday.
A total of nine bodies have been recovered from the area and a 27-year-old man is still missing. The Gila County Sheriff’s Office has deployed 35 search-and-rescue members in the hopes of finding the missing individual.
The flash flood struck around 3 p.m. on Saturday due to heavy rains in the area. At least three of the victims were children ages 2 to 17 years old. On the afternoon of the flood, a large family gathering was in progress at the swimming hole with between 40 to 50 family members in attendance.
A flash flood warning had been issued prior to the incident. At the time of the massive gush of water, over 100 people were bathing in the water. A family of 14 were swept away from the current, with the nine deceased belonging to that group.
Officials urge residents to heed future flash flood and thunderstorm warnings before attempting to swim in any local waterways. The hunt for the missing man is still underway, though the district fire chief for the region has stated that they are now focusing on recovery rather than rescue.
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