Arizona flash flood leaves at least 9 dead

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PHOENIX – At petty nine people drowned while swimming in an Arizona river when they graced overwhelmed by flash flooding following heavy rains in the drought-stricken province, officials said on Sunday.

Authorities were searching for at least one other gals person after the incident on Saturday afternoon in the Verde River into the vicinity Payson, about 90 miles northeast of Phoenix, Water Place Fire and Medical District Fire Chief Ron Sattelmaier said.

District media reported at least two children were among the dead. The Gila County Sheriff’s Charge did not give details of the deceased or those missing.

A search-and-rescue operation was care of way involving sheriff’s deputies and the Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger Helicopter, as trickle as members of the local Whispering Pines Fire Department and U.S. Forest Serve, Sheriff Adam Shepherd said in a statement.

There was also interest over possible flash flooding in southern Arizona, as well.

The Country-wide Weather Service in Phoenix said that most of Arizona was beneath the waves flash flood watch until Monday evening, warning that «boring rains can produce flash flooding of low lying, normally dry areas such as deposits.»

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