9 dead, 1 missing in Arizona flash floods

LOS ANGELES — Nine people were killed in the weekend’s flash flooding in the western US state of Arizona, local media reported Monday.

The victims were of three generations from an extended family in celebrating on Saturday the birthday of a female member at the Cold Springs swimming hole, north of the town of Payson.

The group of 14 were relaxing alongside a creek that draws hundreds of swimmers every weekend in summer, when suddenly a wave of rainwater, mud and debris poured down from the upstream area, sweeping the joyous family away.

The bodies of the nine family members, including five children, had been found as of Sunday evening. The victims were aged between 2 and 57, Four other members were rescued, according to the Paysonroundup.com.

Search and rescue operations were suspended Monday afternoon due to a storm, but officials said they believe that a missing 27-year-old man is still alive.

Tim Rice with the Payson Fire Department said the incident was one of the deadliest to have occurred in recent times in the area, the Paysonroundup.com reported. Xinhua-northboundasia.com