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Loss of 10 relatives in flood leaves hole in Arizona town

AP Photo/Angie Wang CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (AP) — Maria Raya-Garcia almost didn’t get the weekend off to celebrate her birthday beside a popular swimming hole in Arizona. The bosses at El Encanto Mexican restaurant in Cave Creek, a touristy Wild West-style town outside Phoenix, didn’t want the popular prep cook to be gone during their busiest days, but they finally relented. Raya-Garcia was celebrating her 27th birthday Saturday, lounging with family members in a rocky canyon north of Phoenix when a flash flood roared … Read the referenced story here: Loss…

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9 dead, boy missing in flash flood in Arizona swim hole

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) — Nine people died and a 13-year-old boy was missing Sunday after their group of family and friends was swept away while cooling off in a creek that suddenly turned treacherous when a rainstorm upstream unleashed floodwaters in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. Gila County Sheriff’s Detective David Hornung told The Associated Press that the group from the Phoenix and Flagstaff areas had met up for a daytrip along the popular Cold Springs swimming hole near Payson in central Arizona and … Read the referenced story here:…

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9 dead, boy missing in flash flood at Arizona swimming hole

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) — Nine people died and a 13-year-old boy was still missing Sunday after a furious flash flood tore through a group of family and friends cooling off in a creek in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. Gila County Sheriff’s Detective David Hornung told The Associated Press that the group from the Phoenix and Flagstaff areas had met up for a daytrip along the popular Cold Springs swimming hole near Payson in central Arizona and were playing in the water … Read the referenced story here:…

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At Least 9 Drown in Flash Flood in Arizona Canyon

Nine people have drowned and a teenaged boy is missing after a flash flood swept over a popular swimming spot in a river in the western U.S. state of Arizona, authorities said Sunday. The flood swept through a canyon on the Verde River inside Tonto National Forest, about 145 kilometers northeast of Phoenix, late Saturday. There was no warning before a wall of water hit the swimmers. “They had no warning. They heard a roar, and it was on top of them,” said Ron Sattelmaier, chief of the fire and…

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