Horrible news is coming out of central Arizona, as it’s being reported that several people have died from severe flash flooding. On Saturday afternoon, 14 family members went to Cold Springs Swimming Hole near Payson, Arizona. Heavy rainfall caused flash flooding, and at around 3:30 P.M., the Gila County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call about people missing.
Via the New York Daily News, here are the heartbreaking details.
Fourteen people gathered at the East Verde River for a family get-together and a day of swimming were swept away by the flood, Sgt. David Horning told the Daily News.
Four people were rescued Saturday and airlifted to Banner Hospital, he said.
Seven people were confirmed dead on Sunday. Among the dead were two children, Horning said.
He added that three others – adults and kids – remain missing.The victims range in ages between 2 and 60, he said.
According to CNN, a search and rescue mission is still ongoing, and the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for most of Arizona until Monday evening. Here are photos and videos of both the frightening scene and the rescue efforts.
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this unimaginable tragedy. Rest in peace.