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9 dead in Arizona flooding

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The number of people confirmed dead from a flash flood at a popular Arizona swimming hole has grown to nine people now.

Gila County Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd said in a release that at least eight bodies were recovered as crews continue to search for the people still unaccounted for in the Tonto National Forest.

Authorities have estimated that more than a hundred people were in or near the Cold Springs Swimming Hole Saturday afternoon when a severe thunderstorm pounded down on a nearby remote area that had been burned by a recent wildfire.

The popular but unofficial cooling spot is also known as the Ellison Creek or Water Wheel swimming holes, and it is accessible through several hiking trails.

It's nearly 20 feet wide and 20 feet long with a waterfall above it.

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