The Latest: Search suspended for man missing in floodwaters | National – California News

The Latest: Search suspended for man missing in floodwaters | National – California News

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on deadly flash flooding in a national forest in Arizona (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

The search for a 27-year-old man still missing after a flash flood in central Arizona has been suspended because of a severe thunderstorm moving into the area.

Water Wheel Fire and Medical District Fire Chief Ron Sattelmaier says the search was stopped around 4 p.m. Monday as light rain with thunder and lightning hit the Tonto National Forest area.

He says the search for Hector Garnica will resume Tuesday morning, weather permitting.

Garnica was the father of three children — ages 3, 5 and 7 — who died after being swept away by the rushing water.

Detective David Hornung of the Gila County Sheriff’s Office says Garnica’s wife also died in the floodwaters at the Tonto National Forest.

Family and friends identified Maria Raya-Garcia as Hector Garnica’s wife.

A torrent of water came Saturday as people were cooling off in a creek when a rainstorm upstream unleashed floodwaters.

In all, nine people who were part of Garnica’s extended family died after being swept away.


4 p.m.

A teen who was stranded by deadly flash flooding in Arizona says she can’t get the roar of the rushing water out of her head.

Seventeen-year-old Nancy Coto says she was stuck for four hours on a slab of rock Saturday after the water thick with trees and other debris cut off access to a hiking trail. She, her boyfriend and his family had to wait for the floodwater to recede before they could leave.

The flooding killed several people from…

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