The awesome power of nature was on full display recently when heavy rainstorms brought intense flash floods to the border region of Utah and Arizona.
Local, state and federal search and rescue teams scoured the area looking for a missing young boy who was swept away by the flood.
The boy was one of 16 women and children in two vehicles that were suddenly caught up in the rapidly moving waters, swept downstream until they went over an embankment, ultimately ending up in the bottom of a ravine.
Three of the children in the group managed to survive the tragic incident, which happened to be caught on camera.
“There goes the van! Oh my God!” proclaimed Virginia Black as she watched the tragedy unfold. “It went over the thing. Oh dear.”
People immediately rushed to the spot where the vehicles came to rest once the raging waters had receded, describing a brutal scene of metal and body parts twisted together in the wreckage.
Meanwhile, the same storm sent a flash flood rushing through a narrow canyon in the nearby Zion National Park, killing a group of six hikers who were unaware that the park had been closed due to the coming storm after they started their trek.
Search and rescue teams were looking for a seventh hiker believed to be with the group who was still missing after floodwaters receded.
“Another tragedy for our state. Reeling right now,” Utah Lt Gov. Spencer Cox posted to Twitter.
Sadly, mother nature unleashed her fury on the area, bringing much-needed rain, but too much and too quickly, with an estimated inch-and-a-half of rainfall in only 30 minutes, triggering the “100-year-event” of flash flooding.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the terrible weather event.
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