Beaver Creek Community Calendar

July 16, 2017


Flash Floods are Deadly
4 Dead & 12 Missing 
In Payson Area on Saturday
For Yavapai County and Surrounding Areas the Flood Watch runs through Monday at 10 PM.

    NOW until
    10:00pm Mon
    Flash Flood Watch
  • This
    This Afternoon: Scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. West southwest wind around 5 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 40%.
    High: 96 °F
  • Tonight
    Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. West southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm  in the evening.  Chance of precipitation is 70%.
    Likely then
    Low: 70 °F
  • Monday
    Monday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am.  Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.  Chance of precipitation is 50%.
    High: 96 °F
  • Monday
    Monday Night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm  in the evening.  Chance of precipitation is 40%.

At Least 4 Dead After Flash Flood Hits Popular Arizona Swimming Area

5:00 PM ET
(PAYSON, Ariz.) - A rural fire chief says at least four people were found dead and about a dozen more are missing after flash flooding poured over a popular swimming area inside the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona.
Water Wheel Fire and Medical District Fire Chief Ron Sattelmaier said more than a hundred people were in the Cold Springs swimming hole Saturday afternoon when a severe thunderstorm pounded down on a nearby remote area that had been burned over by a recent wildfire.
Three bodies were recovered Saturday and another was found Sunday morning. The deaths include at least one child. Four people rescued by helicopter Saturday were taken to the hospital for hypothermia. About a dozen other people remain unaccounted for.
"There's no way of knowing how many people were actually there," Sattelmaier said. "It's pretty much recovery (now). We don't believe there's anybody left out there."

The thunderstorm hit about 8 miles upstream along Ellison Creek, which quickly flooded the narrow canyon where the swimmers were enjoying a cool dip a on a hot summer day.
"They had no warning. They heard a roar and it was on top of them," Sattelmaier said.
There had been thunderstorms throughout the area near Payson, about an hour and half's drive from Phoenix, but it wasn't raining where the swimmers were. It happened during monsoon season, when whether like this can strike furiously.
"I wish there was a way from keeping people from getting in there during monsoon season. It happens every year. We've just been lucky something like this hasn't been this tragic," Sattelmaier said.
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