Arizona Fly Fishing Forums  

Go Back   Arizona Fly Fishing Forums > Arizona Fly Fishing > General Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-17-2017, 06:44 AM
Trapper Trapper is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 6
East Verde Flash Flood

Arizona flash flood: Nine dead as deluge hits swimmers
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40627025

Quote:
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...
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-17-2017, 09:45 AM
Litespeed1 Litespeed1 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Tempe
Posts: 1,190
Heartbreaking
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-17-2017, 11:07 AM
joe's Avatar
joe joe is offline
member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 2,107
The people that caused the Highline fire should be accountable for the deaths of the deceased.
__________________
"People Throw Rocks at Things That Shine" Taylor Swift
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-17-2017, 12:26 PM
Htrain Htrain is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by joe View Post
The people that caused the Highline fire should be accountable for the deaths of the deceased.
Agreed
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-17-2017, 01:25 PM
River River is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 30
Why was that swimming hole open when it should have been obvious that the area was prone to severe fire-related flash floods?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-17-2017, 02:53 PM
joe's Avatar
joe joe is offline
member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 2,107
Hindsight is still 20-20.
__________________
"People Throw Rocks at Things That Shine" Taylor Swift
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-17-2017, 02:58 PM
River River is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 30
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.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-17-2017, 04:38 PM
SAT's Avatar
SAT SAT is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 2,534
One death in a family from an accident like this is tragic. Nine deaths is just devastating... very sad.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-17-2017, 06:24 PM
creekhiker creekhiker is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Gilbert
Posts: 57
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.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:17 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Logos, Trademarks are property of their owners. Other content Copyright 2006-2015 azflyandtie.com . All Rights Reserved.