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Arizona flash flood kills at least 9

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 said the group from the Phoenix and Flagstaff areas had met up for an outing along the popular Cold Springs swimming hole near Payson in central Arizona and were playing in the water Saturday afternoon when the flood came roaring down the canyon. The group had set out chairs to lounge on a warm summer day when miles upstream an intense thunderstorm dumped heavy rainfall on the mountain. The flash flooding hit Saturday afternoon at Cold Springs canyon, about 100 miles northeast of Phoenix, a popular recreation area easily reached by relatively easy hiking paths.

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