At least 8 dead after flash flood hits Arizona swimming hole
PAYSON, Ariz. — An Arizona sheriff said Sunday that at least eight people died in flash flooding at a popular swimming hole.
Gila County Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd said crews were still searching for others who are missing after a wall of water swept through the area.
Water Wheel Fire and Medical District Fire Chief Ron Sattelmaier said more than a hundred people were in the Cold Springs Swimming Hole on Saturday afternoon when a severe thunderstorm pounded down on a nearby remote area that had been burned by a recent wildfire.
A woman said she saw people clinging to trees after the water rushed down a normally calm creek near the trail. Video that Disa Alexander shot shortly after the flood showed a man in a tree holding his baby as water rushed around him.