Arizona Flash Flood Sweeps Away And Kills Family Of 9

First responders called the flash flood a "40-foot-wide black wave" moving at 45 miles per hour.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A flash flood in Arizona killed a family over the weekend. According to ABC Newsnine people from a single family died along the Verde River on Saturday. Police share that the family was swimming at the river in Tonto National Forest in Payson, Arizona.

Four deceased bodies were recovered on Saturday and five were recovered Sunday. They range in age from 2 to 60. Four people were rescued (and treated and released for hypothermia) and one person is still missing. Authorities share that the investigation is ongoing.

First responders called the flash flood a "40-foot-wide black wave" moving at 45 miles per hour, per The Arizona Republic. The flood was caused by heavy thunderstorms. The weather service shared that some 1.5 inches of rain fell in an hour, according to the AP.

Here's video footage of the flash food:

Officials haven't released the name of the victims. According to family members who arrived on the scene to help with the search and rescue, the victims included 25-year-old Maria Raya, her three children and extended family.

All victims were from Phoenix.

[Photo: Tonto National Forest Facebook]




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