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Payson flash flooding deaths: 7 confirmed dead, 3 still missing

Posted at 8:11 AM, Jul 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-16 17:06:23-04

Seven people have been confirmed dead following flash flooding at the Cold Springs Swimming Hole, north of Payson, according to the Gila County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say just before 3:30 p.m. on Saturday they received a 911 call regarding a search and rescue operation around the swimming hole for missing individuals. 

Four bodies were recovered on Sunday morning, the other three were recovered on Saturday, GCSO said. 

Deputies, along with Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, the Whispering Pines Fire Department, the U.S. Forest Service and the Arizona Department of Public Safety were able to rescue four people and they were transported to the hospital in unknown condition.

According to GCSO, the victims range in age from 24 months to 60's. 

A helicopter is performing a search of the area, ground crews and K9s are also on the scene. 

The area sustained heavy rain throughout the region causing flash flooding on Saturday. More rain is possible in the area on Sunday. Latest weather conditions can be found here.

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