At Least 7 Dead, More Missing After Family Is Washed Away in Flash Flooding at Arizona Swimming Hole

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger Helicopter, Whispering Pines Fire Department and U.S. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of Southeast Arizona this afternoon through Monday evening. #abc15
— ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) July 16, 2017

-111.325135 Check out this shot viewer Steven Blanco sent us from last night's storm near 107th Avenue and Union Hills in Sun City. #azwx
— NWS Tucson (@NWSTucson) July 16, 2017

ABC 15 tweeted a viewer’s photo of a flooded street in the Sun City area. Seven people are dead and three others missing after flash flooding swept away a family at a swimming hole in central Arizona, police say. Cold Springs is just north of Payson in Gila County, and about 90 miles north of Phoenix. CNN affiliate ABC 15, KNXV, in Phoenix tweeted a photo showing the conditions in the area. Forest Service participated in the effort. At least two of the dead were children, according to Hornung. #abc15
— ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) July 16, 2017

A search and rescue mission was underway for the missing family members. Fourteen family members were near the Cold Springs swimming hole on Saturday afternoon when heavy rains caused flash floods, said Sgt. Monsoon storms are expected into the middle of the week. Flash flood warning
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for much of Arizona, including the greater Phoenix area, through Monday evening. Wow. Viewer Jack Lloyd sent us this picture of the flash flooding at the Cold Springs Swimming Hole Saturday, search is still active. Four family members were rescued Saturday afternoon, Hornung said. David Hornung with the Gila County Sheriff’s Department.