US floods: At least 16 dead in Utah

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By Euronews  with Reuters, APTN
US floods: At least 16 dead in Utah

<p>At least 16 people have died in flash floods in a rural community in the mid-western United States.</p> <p>One person is still missing in the town of Hildale on the Utah border with Arizona.</p> <p>12 of the dead were from two families whose vehicles were swept away. Three children survived.</p> <p>Eyewitnesses described the desperate rescue attempt: <p></p> <p>“The emergency services pierced the airbags and pulled them out and inside it was a jumble of arms and legs. The rescue workers said they could not find a pulse. We were hoping there was someone inside who was still alive. I knew it was likely to be people I know as they are from the area.”</p> </p> <p>Four hikers also died when the water swept through a gulley in a nearby national park.</p> <p>The tragedy came after heavy rains flooded dry canyons north of the town.</p> <p>The area is home to The Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints, a <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/things-didnt-flds-church/story?id=30827256">polygamous sect</a> whose members tend to have little contact with the outside world.</p>