9 Dead in Arizona Flash Flood

July 17, 2017 09:53 AM

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) - Crews were headed out to the scene of a flash flood in central Arizona to resume the search for a 13-year-old boy who was swept away by floodwaters that also took the lives of nine other people.

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Water Wheel Fire and Medical District Fire Chief Ron Sattelmaier says he saw searchers headed toward the scene early Monday.

Searchers will walk the area and seek any sign of the boy.

The torrent of water came Saturday as people were cooling off in a creek that suddenly turned treacherous when a rainstorm upstream unleashed floodwaters in the Tonto National Forest.

Search and rescue crews recovered the bodies of five children and four adults, some as far as 2 miles down the river.

Authorities did not identify them.


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