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Trapper 07-17-2017 06:44 AM

East Verde Flash Flood
Arizona flash flood: Nine dead as deluge hits swimmers


The flash flood occurred at Cold Springs, near Payson, on Saturday, sweeping people down East Verde River.

Dozens were bathing in the East Verde river in Tonto National Forest, about 90m (145km) north of Phoenix, when the floodwaters hit following a torrential downpour upstream, said Sgt David Hornung from the Gila County sheriff's office.

"A large family group was down by the river recreating... It's a recreation area that a lot of people come up to - and the flash flood came through and washed 14 people away from the camp," Sgt Hornung said.

"I've been with the Sheriff's office for 13 years and this is the most severe flooding incident we've ever seen," he added.

Video footage posted on social media shows muddy floodwaters gushing over rocks and through deep canyons.

The Payson Fire Department said that multiple forest fires in recent months had created piles of debris that burst down a creek and through the swimming hole.

Just awful...

Litespeed1 07-17-2017 09:45 AM


joe 07-17-2017 11:07 AM

The people that caused the Highline fire should be accountable for the deaths of the deceased.

Htrain 07-17-2017 12:26 PM


Originally Posted by joe (Post 170461)
The people that caused the Highline fire should be accountable for the deaths of the deceased.


River 07-17-2017 01:25 PM

Why was that swimming hole open when it should have been obvious that the area was prone to severe fire-related flash floods?

joe 07-17-2017 02:53 PM

Hindsight is still 20-20.

River 07-17-2017 02:58 PM

In this case foresight should have been too. With all of the fire history in this state, and the predictable issues with runoff, closing that area should have been a no-brainer.

SAT 07-17-2017 04:38 PM

One death in a family from an accident like this is tragic. Nine deaths is just devastating... very sad.

creekhiker 07-17-2017 06:24 PM

I was up there on Saturday. I left a spot farther east as I saw the rain coming, ate lunch in Payson and figured I'd try my luck on the C&R section once the rain stopped.

At the time I didn't know why the ambulances and fire trucks were all over the place.

Very sad.

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