Deadly Arizona Flash Flood Created ’40-Foot Wide Black Wave’

A helicopter flies above the rugged terrain along the banks of the East Verde River during a search and rescue operation for victims of a flash flood on Sunday in Payson, Ariz. Search and rescue crews recovered bodies of five adults and four children.

The victims were all from one Phoenix family, who had been celebrating a birthday alongside a popular swimming hole, unaware that summer thunderstorms had just dropped heavy rains upstream.

(Image credit: Ralph Freso/AP)