5 children among 9 dead in Arizona flash flood

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. — Five children were among the nine people killed during the weekend in a flash flood at a swimming hole in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, and all were part of an extended family, authorities said Monday.

Three generations of the family were gathered Saturday afternoon at the swimming spot about 100 miles northeast of Phoenix, police said. Torrential rains in the fire-scarred mountains miles away unleashed 6-foot-high floodwaters darkened by ash from an earlier wildfire and swept away the victims, who ranged in age from 3 to 57.

Searchers continued looking Monday for a 27-year-old man who was the only person still missing from the group of 14 family members who gathered at the swimming hole.