At least nine people were killed, including five children, when a flash flood swept away a family and their friends at an Arizona swimming hole on Saturday.
Fox News reported that a massive search for the victims has been underway since the flood. Searchers found bodies of five children, some as young as 2, and four adults as much as two miles away from where they went missing. As of this writing, a 13 year-old boy is still missing.
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The group of people, who were from the Phoenix and Flagstaff areas, met up for a day of swimming at the swimming hole near Payson, about 100 miles northeast of the capital. An intense thunderstorm then caught them by surprise, unleashing 6-foot-high floodwaters mixed with trees and other debris onto the group.
Gila County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. David Hornug told reporters that the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning about 1 1/2 hours before, “but unless they had a weather radio out there, they wouldn’t have known about it. There is no cell phone service out here.”
“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 said.
Please pray for the victims of this tragedy as well as their families!