Flash flood kills fam­ily

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

NINE peo­ple died and a 13year- old boy was miss­ing yes­ter­day af­ter the group of fam­ily and friends was swept away while cool­ing off in a creek.

The wa­ter­way sud­denly turned treach­er­ous when a rain­storm up­stream un­leashed flood­wa­ters in Ari­zona’s Tonto Na­tional For­est.

Gila County Sher­iff’s de­tec­tive David Hor­nung said the group from the Phoenix and Flagstaff ar­eas had met for a day trip along the pop­u­lar Cold Springs swim­ming hole near Payson and were play­ing in the wa­ter when muddy flood­wa­ters came roar­ing down the canyon.

The group, aged from two to 60, had set out chairs to lounge on a warm sum­mer day when kilo­me­tres up­stream a storm dumped heavy rain­fall.

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