Arizona flash flooding kills at least four, with others missing




  • In US
  • 2017-07-16 20:08:58Z
  • By Reuters

(Reuters) - At least four people drowned on Sunday while swimming in an Arizona river when the group was overwhelmed by a surge of flood water that followed heavy rains in the drought-stricken region, the Gila County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook on Sunday.

Local media reports put the number of dead at seven, including at least two children, with three others missing in the incident, which took place on Saturday afternoon in the Verde River near Payson, about 90 miles northeast of Phoenix.

The reports cited the sheriff, who could not be reached immediately to confirm the number of fatalities.

In the statement posted on Facebook, Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd said a search-and-rescue operation was underway for the missing.

Meanwhile, there was concern for possible flash flooding in southern Arizona, as well.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix said that most of Arizona was under flash flood watch until Monday evening, warning that "heavy rains can produce flash flooding of low lying, normally dry areas such as washes."

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Editing by Frank McGurty and Sandra Maler)

COMMENTS

More Related News

No. 2 Arizona, No. 18 Purdue lose in Battle 4 Atlantis
No. 2 Arizona, No. 18 Purdue lose in Battle 4 Atlantis

The headline teams at the Battle 4 Atlantis had a rough start in paradise. Second-ranked Arizona and No. 18 Purdue both lost their tournament openers Wednesday, sending them to the consolation bracket. Tennessee beat the Boilermakers 78-75 in overtime to start the day's four-game slate.

Ann Maguire murder: Parents should be made to sign contracts with Facebook and monitor children's accounts, says coroner 
Ann Maguire murder: Parents should be made to sign contracts with Facebook and monitor children's accounts, says coroner 

Parents should be made to sign contracts compelling them to monitor their children's Facebook messages, the coroner in the Ann Maguire murder inquest has claimed. Under proposals due to be presented to the Digital minister Matt Hancock, parents would be given the right to pry on their children's accounts because their "responsibility transcends" a teenager's "entitlement to privacy". The suggestions would also require teens aged 13 to 18 to have a named parent on their application to open an account, and make parents contractually obliged to monitor their communications. Coroner Kevin McLoughlin outlined the proposals yesterday as a jury ruled that the murder of Spanish teacher Ann...

Alabama Police Chief Suspended After 'Joking' About Roy Moore Sexual Assault Allegations
Alabama Police Chief Suspended After 'Joking' About Roy Moore Sexual Assault Allegations

An Alabama police chief has been suspended after posting on social media what he described as "jokes" about sexual assault accusations that are dominating the state's race for a U.S. Senate seat.

No. 2 Arizona, No. 5 Villanova top Battle 4 Atlantis field
No. 2 Arizona, No. 5 Villanova top Battle 4 Atlantis field

Arizona coach Sean Miller has seen his second-ranked Wildcats start the year with three easy wins and guard Allonzo Trier put up big numbers seemingly with ease. Things will be tougher this week for Arizona in the Bahamas at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, which features an eight-team field and includes

Billionaire Mark Cuban says the
Billionaire Mark Cuban says the 'big losers' of the move to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger are Facebook and Google

Mark Cuban believes Facebook and Alphabet's Google unit will be "big losers" of the Justice Department's decision to sue to block the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: US

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.