At least seven dead after flooding in Arizona

WATCH: Flash Floods In Tonto National Forest, Arizona, That Killed 9 People

The children who died ranged in age from 2 to 17 and the adults from 24 to 60, Hornung said.

Russ Shumate, acting state forester for the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, said a group of about 15 people were at the watering hole when the floods hit. "Then they heard other people calling for help". However, the rescuers were able to arrive shortly.

"We were kinda looking at the water; it was really brown", she said.

"It probably got up to about 4 feet, I would say, and where we were walking, you could see all the broken tree branches and mud everywhere", Alexander said. "It looked like a really big mudslide". Disa exclaimed on the video. She pointed out a boy, who she described as the couple's son.

Four family members were rescued Saturday afternoon, Sgt. David Hornung with the Gila County Sheriff's Department. Authorities did not identify them.

Four people were rescued by helicopter crews Saturday and were treated at a nearby hospital for hypothermia. He said he came from Phoenix after getting a Snapchat message from a friend.

It isn't the first time people have been killed when flash floods swept through so-called slot canyons, which are formed by the wear of water in rock and are typically significantly deeper than they are wide.

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The swimming hole is part of the east Verde river and becomes popular in the summer.

The floodwaters gushed for about 10 minutes before receding in the narrow canyon, Hornung said.

Officials described a six foot high wall of water, rushing at 30 miles per hour, following that rapid accumulation of rainwater.

A flash flood warning was issued for the Phoenix area until 1:30 a.m.

"They had no warning", Sattelmaier told the Associated Press.

Water Wheel Fire and Medical District Fire Chief Ron Sattelmaier noted that monsoon thunderstorms are a common occurrence in the area. The terrain in the area is supportive for enhanced runoff of rain water and limited notice of flash flooding coming from upstream.

The aftermath of a deadly flash flood that struck a family gathering in Arizona took another grim turn Sunday as more bodies were recovered, bringing the total number of deaths to nine, officials said.

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