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Flash flood kills 8 at Arizona swimming hole; more people missing – Los Angeles Times

At least eight people were killed and others were believed missing when floodwaters from a sudden rainstorm barreled through a normally tranquil swimming area in Tonto National Forest where more than a hundred people were taking refuge from summer heat, authorities said Sunday. Some of those washed downstream clung to trees until rescuers reached them.

The flash flooding hit Saturday afternoon at Cold Spring Canyon, about 100 miles northeast of Phoenix, and some people were washed several miles downstream.

Disa Alexander was hiking to the swimming area where Ellison Creek and East Verde River converge when the storm hit and the water suddenly surged. She was still about 2.5 miles away when she came upon a man holding a baby and clinging to a tree. His wife was nearby, also in a tree.

Alexander and others tried to reach them but couldn’t. Rescuers arrived a short time later.

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