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At least seven dead after flooding in Arizona

17 July 2017, 05:17 | Max Haynes

Nine family members killed while swimming by devastating US flash flood

WATCH: Flash Floods In Tonto National Forest, Arizona, That Killed 9 People

They ranged in age from a 60-year-old woman to a 2-year-old girl.

In Fox Lake, Ill., about an hour northwest of Chicago, residents on Sunday were piling sandbags against the rising Fox River, which was expected to rise eight to nine inches by Tuesday.

A 13-year-old boy is still missing.

The victims were enjoying the relatively cool temperatures north of Payson on a day trip, he said, adding that the area is a popular getaway for people from southern Arizona.

The flash flood watch is scheduled to expire Monday night at 10 p.m.

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In a matter of minutes, Coto saw waves of rushing flood waters rushing through the creek along the trail. "It was just upsetting".

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She captured the frightening moments on her cell phone, adding that they saw people in need of rescue and tried to help, but it was so unsafe.

"There was just too big of a gap", she said.

"That was heartbreaking, because I never thought that somene's life was taken", Coto said.

In 1997, 11 hikers were killed near Page, Arizona, after a wall of water from a rainstorm miles upstream boomed through a narrow, twisting series of corkscrew-curved walls located on Navajo land, known as Lower Antelope Canyon.

The search for those missing continues with the sheriff's office, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, the Whispering Pines Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service.

The death toll climbed by two on Sunday as authorities worked to track down swimmers who had been missing since water overpowered crowds at Cold Springs swimming hole which is ten miles north east of Payson at around 3.30pm on Saturday. First Crossing, Second Crossing, and Water Wheel on Houston Mesa Road are all closed at this time.

The entire Chain O' Lakes system in northern IL was ordered closed to its 23,000 registered boats on Friday in anticipation of record high water levels.

Frightful news is coming out of central Arizona, as it's being reported that several people have died from severe flash flooding.



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