Flash flood kills 9 in Arizona

Four people were confirmed dead after flash flooding near Payson Arizona

Four people were confirmed dead after flash flooding near Payson Arizona

Authorities recovered the bodies of nine people, ranging in age from a sixty-year-old woman to her two-year-old granddaughter; one person is still missing.

Among them were three generations of a family. Nine relatives, including five children and their daughter-in-law, would not be returning at all.

The victims had been lounging Saturday in the swimming hole, where rocks create pools and a series of small waterfalls.

It isn't the first time people have been killed when flash floods swept through so-called slot canyons, which are formed by the wear of water in rock and are typically significantly deeper than they are wide. The weather service says about 1.5 inches of rain fell in an hour, according to the AP.

There had been thunderstorms throughout the area near Payson, about an hour and half's drive from Phoenix, but it wasn't raining where the swimmers were at the time.

9 dead, 1 still missing in Arizona flash flood
A teen who was stranded by deadly flash flooding in Arizona says she can't get the roar of the rushing water out of her head. Several others had to be rescued, including a man clinging to a tree with his baby and his wife nearby.

"They had no warning. They heard a roar and it was on top of them", Water Wheel Fire and Medical District Fire Chief Ron Sattelmaier told the Arizona Republic. Visitors are reminded to be vigilant about the weather, he said.

While Arizona is known for its dryness, it gets bursts of heavy rains during the summer monsoon season. "These people are devastated, you can not describe how they feel".

They're expected to resume the search Tuesday after stopping Monday because of weather.

The family was gathered along the Verde River in the Tonto National Forest, north of Phoenix. He was spending the day with a dozen other members of AZ Krawlers, a volunteer group of Jeep owners that was checking roads and trails for risky erosion and missing signs.

"We had no idea how fast and big it was going to be", Muller said.

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The flooding came after a severe thunderstorm pounded down on a nearby remote area that had been burned by a recent wildfire, Sattelmaier said. There the river narrows, squeezing the flow of water and increasing its deadly force.

"The clouds over on the other side of the mountain can be dumping buckets, and all of a sudden there's a wall of water coming through that just wipes out everything in its path", said Stevens, who has lived in the area for 20 years.

Several minutes later, he said, it did.

They didn't learn of the deaths until that night. Authorities did not identify them.

Jonathan Leon, 13; Mia Garnica, 5; Emily Garnica, 3; Danial Garnica, 7; Javier Raya-Garcia, 19; Selia Garcia Castaneda, 57; Erica Raya-Garcia, 2; Maribel Raya-Garcia, 24) and Maria Raya-Garcia, 27. Among those killed were her husband and three children. In 2015, seven people were killed in Utah's Zion National Park when they were trapped during a flash flood while hiking in a popular canyon that was as narrow as a window in some spots and several hundred feet deep. In 1997, 11 hikers were killed near Page, Ariz., after a wall of water from a rainstorm miles upstream rushed down.

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Local media reported at least two children were among the dead. Contributing were Justin Pritchard and Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles, Angie Wang in Tonto National Forest and Jacques Billeaud in Phoenix.

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