17 hik­ers res­cued from flooded creek

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

A he­li­copter res­cued hik­ers cling­ing to tree branches and perched on boul­ders as a flash flood tore through a nor­mally quiet creek in Ari­zona, where un­pre­dictable sum­mer storms can rapidly wash churn­ing tor­rents into canyons and trap those look­ing to take ad­van­tage of cooler weather af­ter the rain.

Seven­teen hik­ers were stranded Sun­day in a scenic canyon on the out­skirts of Tuc­son, just over a week af­ter flood­wa­ters killed 10 mem­bers of an ex­tended fam­ily more than 140 miles to the north.

In south­ern Ari­zona, the fi­nal two hik­ers were lifted to safety Mon­day from Tanque Verde Falls af­ter they spent the night stuck on the side of a cliff in a rocky, nar­row canyon, au­thor­i­ties said.

There was no im­me­di­ate in­di­ca­tion that any of the hik­ers were se­ri­ously in­jured.

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