Multiple deaths, including children, confirmed in flash flood


The Gila County Sheriff’s Office of Arizona has officially confirmed Sunday that at least seven people are dead following a deadly flash flood that swept through a popular swimming hole on Saturday. Two of the deaths include two children, and currently three others are considered missing.

A storm had erupted in Payson, Arizona, which caused the flash flood, sweeping 14 people down East Verde River.

Officers received an emergency phone call around 3:20 p.m. Saturday about a search-and-rescue at Cold Springs swimming hole. As the search went into the night, four bodies were recovered, including two children.

Crews uncovered three more bodies by Sunday afternoon.

Thankfully, four campers were found alive following the unprecedented flood. Search crews continued looking for the three missing people on Sunday.

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