News Update!!: Hildale, UT: Latest information regarding deadly flash flood in Hildale, Utah.
** As of 10:00pm PT on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015: **
– Authorities confirmed at least 12 bodies have been recovered from the flash flood and the final victim, a child, remained missing.
According to City of Hildale Mayor Phillip Barlow, 2 families comprised of 3 women and 13 children, ranging in ages from 4 to their teenage years, had stopped to see the waters from a recent storm when they were caught up by the raging flash flood water that swept them away.
Washington County identified 3 victims of the flash flood as Josephine, Naomi, and Della.
“We just realize that this was an act of God and something that we can’t control,” said City of Hildale Mayor Phillip Barlow.
According to Washington County Sheriff’s department Cory Pulsipher, 3 surviving children were treated at local hospitals and were later released.
An advisory was sent to Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah residents by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, urging them to boil their water to avoid any possible bacteria contamination from the flooding.
Construction crews begin cleaning up the aftermath from the flash flooding.
** As of 1:26pm PT on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015: **
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.
** Picture from Chris and Lydia Wyler and posted to NBC News: **
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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