News Alert!!: Hildale, UT: Flash flooding kills 9 people and leaves people missing.
Authorities say at least 9 people have been killed following flash flooding along the border of Arizona and Utah.
The flash flooding happened after 5:45pm MST on Monday, September 14th, 2015 when a strong thunderstorm came through the area north of the towns of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah.
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The 8th deaths occurred after a wall of water swept away 2 vehicles carrying women and children that evening.
According to the Utah Division of Emergency Management, there are still 5 unaccounted for, including an adult and 3 children.
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First responder crews from several agencies came to help rescue people and search for any missing people, including 100 search and rescue volunteers.
Personnel from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue were seen searching Short Creek for missing bodies.
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Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert released the following statement, “I am heartbroken to hear of the recent tragedy in Washington County. The State of Utah has offered its full resources to the town of Hildale to aid with the search and rescue effort. The Governor’s Office and the Dept. of Public Safety are in close communication with local government and public safety officials in the affected area. Jeanette and I express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims during this difficult time. I offer my thanks to first responders, volunteers and other officials involved in the recovery effort.”
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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey offered sympathy to the families of the victims tweeting on Twitter, “Our prayers are with Utah. I have been in touch with @GovHerbert and offered any and all assistance needed from #AZ #HildaleFlood”.
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