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Utah: flash flooding claims at least 15 lives

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Utah: flash flooding claims at least 15 lives

<p>Search and rescue teams are still looking for possible victims after flash flooding swept away two vehicles in the town of Hildale on the Utah-Arizona border. </p> <p>At least 15 people are known to have died including three tourists who were caught up in the flood waters as they went exploring canyons in the nearby Zion national park.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">One child still missing. 12 bodies recovered after yesterday's flash flood in Hildale.Car seat in mud breaks my heart <a href="http://t.co/fMmoN047L5">pic.twitter.com/fMmoN047L5</a></p>— Alana Brophy (@AlanaBrophyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlanaBrophyNews/status/643945175102849024">September 16, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>On Tuesday earth movers began clearing the roads as a crowd of boys in jeans and girls and women in traditional prairie dresses watched the rescue effort.</p> <p>The area is home to a polygamous fundamentalist sect whose members tend to have little contact with outsiders.</p> <p>The height of the storm lasted about 30 minutes, pouring around three centimetres of rain into a desert-like landscape with little vegetation and many steep slopes.</p> <p>Although raging torrents are not uncommon in a region prone to flash floods, the volume and pace of the the rain has been described as a “100-year event”.</p> <p>With more rain forecast a flood watch is being maintained.</p>