One Arizona Man Remains Missing After Flash Floods Kills Eight Family Members

PHOENIX, AZ, July 17 (Reuters) – Government bodies searched on Monday for a lacking man after a flash flood damaged down an Arizona canyon, law enforcement officials said, apparently killing his wife and 8 other family members at a popular going swimming spot north of Phoenix.

Searchers searched an area of the Tonto National Woodland for an unidentified 27-year-old man which officials said was among fourteen members of an extended family strike by a wall of flood drinking water on Saturday afternoon.

Nine of the household, ranging in age from two to 57, died in the floodwaters on Saturday afternoon, according to the statement on Monday from the Gila County Sheriffs Department.

Four others from your Phoenix family, aged between one and 29, were rescued plus survived the incident.

The Arizona Republic newspaper determined the missing man as Hector Miguel Garnica and said that the particular dead included Garnicas wife, Helen Raya, 25, and her 3 children, Emily, 3, Mia, five, and Hector Daniel, 7. Furthermore killed was Selia Garcia, which authorities said was 57 plus whom the Republic identified as Rayas mother.

The group of 14 was hidden down the creek after a thunderstorm strike about eight miles away within an area that had been burned by a almost 7, 200-acre wildfire last 30 days, according to authorities.

Officials with the National Climate Service said one to 1 . five inches fell in 20 in order to 30 minutes in the area near Payson, regarding 90 miles (145 km) northeast of Phoenix.

A video posted on social media marketing showed a muddy, debris-filled bittorrent that hit Ellison Creek, hurrying down a narrow canyon in which the swimmers were taking in the great waters at the popular spot.

Three body were recovered on Saturday, with all the other six recovered on Weekend, officials said.

Forecasters said they were worried about additional possible flash flooding forecasted for central and southern Arizona .

The National Weather conditions Service in Phoenix said that the majority of Arizona had been under flash flood watch till Monday evening, warning that the monsoon air mass over the region had been very wet and conducive in order to heavy thunderstorm rain that could result in flood or flash flooding.

(Reporting by David Schwartz, additional confirming by Taylor Harris; Editing simply by Andrew Hay and Patrick Enright)