At least 8 dead af­ter flash flood hits Ari­zona swim­ming hole

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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