8 dead after flash flooding hits Utah-Arizona border town

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A vehicle rests in debris after a flash flood Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Hildale, Utah. Authorities say multiple people are dead and others missing after a flash flood ripped through the town on the Utah-Arizona border Monday night. (Mark Lamont via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Authorities say an eighth person has been found dead following flash flooding in a Utah-Arizona border community.The Utah Division of Emergency Management says in a Facebook post that an “additional victim has been located below the Central Street crossing bringing the total number of confirmed fatalities to 8. There are still 5 unaccounted for.”

The eight deaths occurred after a wall of water swept away two vehicles carrying women and children Monday evening.

Before the latest fatality update, Hildale assistant fire chief Kevin Barlow confirmed seven dead.He also said three people survived as the flash flooding washed the vehicles several hundred yards downstream.Barlow says the rescue effort is ongoing through the night but scaled back because of treacherous conditions in the sister towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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