At least seven dead after flash flood hits Utah

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 15, 2015 2:28 AM

(Reuters) - At least seven people were killed and several others were missing after heavy rains triggered flash flooding near Utah's border with Arizona, local officials said late on Monday.

The downpour damage to streets around the southern city of Hildale, Utah, and several vehicles were washed downstream, said Hildale assistant fire chief Kevin Barlow.

At least 16 people in different vehicles were caught in the flash flooding, a result of fast and heavy rains in the nearby canyons, Barlow said.

Two cars were hit by a "large wall of water," Washington County officials said in a Facebook post.

Seven people were confirmed dead and one was hospitalized. Several others were still missing, and rescue crews were working to find the victims and clear mud and debris from streets, Barlow said.

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All the people who died were believed to have been trapped in their cars and unable to escape the rushing waters, he said.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere)