Flash flood strands 35 hik­ers in Ari­zona

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

TUC­SON, Ariz. — A po­lice he­li­copter res­cued about 35 hik­ers stranded by flood­ing in a na­tional for­est in Ari­zona — the lat­est in­ci­dent in which groups were trapped by flood­wa­ters dur­ing the state’s rainy sea­son.

The res­cue Sun­day in a canyon on the out­skirts of Tuc­son took place a week af­ter 17 peo­ple were saved af­ter flash flood­ing through a dif­fer­ent canyon sev­eral miles away, and 15 days af­ter 10 mem­bers of an ex­tended fam­ily died in flash flood­ing along a river.

Those res­cued Sun­day evening weren’t in im­me­di­ate dan­ger, the Pima County sher­iff’s of­fice said.

An Ari­zona Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety he­li­copter was used to ferry out the peo­ple who were stranded at a flooded, bridged cross­ing lead­ing to two pop­u­lar trails in the Sabino Canyon area.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice had is­sued a flash flood warn­ing for the canyon and other parts of the Santa Catalina Moun­tains af­ter thun­der­storms dropped heavy rain, in­clud­ing 2 inches at a ranger sta­tion on Mount Lem­mon.

The sit­u­a­tion was re­ported to the sher­iff’s of­fice about 7 p.m. and the res­cue was con­cluded nearly four hours later, Deputy Cody Gress said.

No one was hurt or re­quired med­i­cal con­di­tion.


This photo pro­vided by the Pima County sher­iff’s of­fice shows hik­ers stranded by flash flood­ing in the Sabino Canyon Recre­ation Park in the out­skirts of Tuc­son, Ariz., on Sun­day.

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