The latest: Authorities confirm 12 killed in flash flooding

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Mother and Children Among 8 Dead and 5 Missing in Utah Flash Floods


HILDALE, Utah (AP) -- The latest on flash floods that swept away vehicles, killing 12 people (all times local):

3:43 p.m.

Authorities have confirmed that 12 people have died in flash flooding that swept away two vehicles in a town on the Utah-Arizona border.

Sgt. Brock Bentley of the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Utah confirmed Tuesday that three additional bodies have been found. One person remains missing in the floodwaters, while three children survived.

The wall of water washed the vehicles several hundred yards downstream Monday afternoon. Authorities say the victims are as young as 4 years old. It's unclear if they're all from the same family.

The floods came after heavy rains fell in the canyons just north of the sister towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, sending waves of water barreling through the streets. The community is known as the home base for a polygamous sect.

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The latest: Authorities confirm 12 killed in flash flooding
A woman looks at a damaged vehicle swept away during a flash flood Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Hildale, Utah. The floodwaters swept away vehicles in the Utah-Arizona border town, killing several people. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
A man looks on as crews clear mud and debris from a road following a flash flood Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Colorado City, Ariz. A wall of water swept away two vehicles carrying women and children in the Utah-Arizona border town Monday, killing at least eight people and leaving five others missing Crews worked Tuesday morning to clear thousands of tons of mud and debris from the sister towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
A severely damaged vehicle swept away by a surge of water during flash flooding is shown on the bank of a stream Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Hildale, Utah. The water swept away multiple vehicles in the Utah-Arizona border town, killing several people. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Russ Cook and his family stands next to severely damage vehicles swept away during a flash flood Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Hildale, Utah. Water swept away the vehicles in the Utah-Arizona border town, killing several people. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
People look on as crews clear mud and debris from a road following a flash flood, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Colorado City, Ariz. Officials said the bodies of two people killed in flash flooding in southern Utah were recovered in Arizona a few miles downstream, while the bodies of six others were recovered in Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
People walk pass damaged vehicles swept away during a flash flood Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Hildale, Utah. The floodwater swept away multiple vehicles in the Utah-Arizona border town, killing several people. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
A member of the search and rescue team scans a stream after a flash flood Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Colorado City, Ariz. A wall of water swept away two vehicles carrying women and children in a Utah-Arizona border town Monday, killing at least eight people and leaving five others missing Crews worked Tuesday morning to clear thousands of tons of mud and debris from the sister towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
COLORADO CITY, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15: People take pictures and watch as construction equipment removes flood debris from Short Creek as it crosses Central Street on September 15, 2015 in Colorado City, Arizona. Flash floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
A woman walks across mud and debris in a road following a flash flood, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Colorado City, Ariz. Officials say the bodies of two people killed in flash flooding in southern Utah were recovered in Arizona a few miles downstream, while the bodies of six others were recovered in Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Russ Cook takes a photograph of severely damage vehicles swept away during a flash flood Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Hildale, Utah. The flood waters swept away multiple vehicles in the Utah-Arizona border town, killing several people. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
COLORADO CITY, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15: On lookers watch as construction equipment removes flood debris from Short Creek as it crosses Central Street on September 15, 2015 in Colorado City, Arizona. Flash Floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
HILDALE, UT - SEPTEMBER 15: People walk along the edge of a gully at the spot where two vans were swept away the day before into Short Creek on September 15, 2015 in Hildale, Utah. Flash floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images
COLORADO CITY, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15: Local residents walk along the edge of Short Creek where two vans were swept away the day before on September 15, 2015 in Colorado City, Arizona. Flash floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images
On lookers watch as crews clear mud and debris from a road following a flash flood, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Colorado City, Ariz. A wall of water swept away vehicles in the Utah-Arizona border town, killing several people. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
HILDALE, UT - SEPTEMBER 15: A line of cars makes their way across a temporarily repaired road at the spot where two vans were swept away the day before into Short Creek on September 15, 2015 in Hildale, Utah. Flash Floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images
HILDALE, UT - SEPTEMBER 15: Two woman walk amongst debris left behind after a flash flood on September 15, 2015 in Hildale, Utah. Flash floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images
COLORADO CITY, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15: Two rescue personnel stand watch on pipes as other rescuers search Short Creek where two vans were swept away the day before on September 15, 2015 in Colorado City, Arizona. Flash floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
COLORADO CITY, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15: Construction equipment removes flood debris from Short Creek as it crosses Central Street on September 15, 2015 in Colorado City, Arizona. Flash floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
Community members search along a stream after a flash flood Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Colorado City, Ariz. Authorities have confirmedat least nine people have died in flash flooding that swept away two vehicles in a town on the Utah-Arizona. The floods came after heavy rains fell in the canyons just north of the sister towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, sending waves of water barreling through the streets. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
COLORADO CITY, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15: People sit on an embankment as they watch construction equipment remove flood debris from Short Creek as it crosses Central Street on September 15, 2015 in Colorado City, Arizona. Flash floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
A member of a search and rescue team scans a stream after a flash flood Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Colorado City, Ariz. Officials say the bodies of two people killed in flash flooding in southern Utah were recovered in Arizona about two and a half miles downstream, while the bodies of six others were recovered in Utah. Crews worked Tuesday morning to clear thousands of tons of mud and debris from the sister towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
A member of the search and rescue team scans a stream after a flash flood Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Colorado City, Ariz. A wall of water swept away two vehicles carrying women and children in a Utah-Arizona border town Monday, killing at least eight people and leaving five others missing Crews worked Tuesday morning to clear thousands of tons of mud and debris from the sister towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
People look over debris and the remains of a car following a flash flood Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Colorado City, Ariz. Officials say the bodies of two people killed in flash flooding in southern Utah were recovered in Arizona about two and a half miles downstream, while the bodies of six others were recovered in Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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
COLORADO CITY, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15: A search and rescue member searrches a buried vehicle in Short Creek where two vans were swept away the day before on September 15, 2015 in Colorado City, Arizona. Flash floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
Debris and water cover the ground 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
HILDALE, UT - SEPTEMBER 15: Rescuers shovel mud and flood debris from Short Creek as it crosses Central Street on September 15, 2015 in Hildale, Utah. Flash Floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images
HILDALE, UT - SEPTEMBER 15: Several woman and rescuers watch as large construction equipment is used to remove flood debris from Short Creek as it crosses Central Street on September 15, 2015 in Hildale, Utah. Flash Floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images
HILDALE, UT - SEPTEMBER 15: Several woman watch as large construction equipment is used to remove flood debris from Short Creek as it crosses Central Street on September 15, 2015 in Hildale, Utah. Flash Floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images
HILDALE, UT - SEPTEMBER 15: A man shovels mud to remove flood debris from Short Creek as it crosses Central Street on September 15, 2015 in Hildale, Utah. Flash Floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images
HILDALE, UT - SEPTEMBER 15: A car sits on the side of the road after being pulled from Short Creek by construction equipment that is removing flood debris from Short Creek as it crosses Central Street on September 15, 2015 in Hildale, Utah. Flash Floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images
HILDALE, UT - SEPTEMBER 15: A gate closes the road as it crosses Short Creek on Hildale Street on September 15, 2015 in Hildale, Utah. Flash Floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images
HILDALE, UT - SEPTEMBER 15: Several woman watch as large construction equipment is used to remove flood debris from Short Creek as it crosses Central Street on September 15, 2015 in Hildale, Utah. Flash Floods from heavy rains on the afternoon of September 14, 2015 washed away two cars in Hildale as they were crossing a flooded creek, killing 8 people with five still missing. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images
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1:45 p.m.

Authorities in a Utah-Arizona border community say floodwaters hemmed in two vehicles in a canyon before they were swept away by a surge of water.

Hildale, Utah, Mayor Philip Barlow said during a news conference Tuesday water blocked the only way in and out of the canyon and there was no way the 16 people in the vehicles could have gotten out.

Nine people in the vehicle died, and one adult and three children remain missing. Three children survived.

One of the bodies, that of a child who was roughly 10 years old, was found 5 miles from where the vehicles were recovered.

Authorities say the victims are as young as four years old. It's unclear if they're all from the same family. Residents say people sometimes go to the canyon with jugs to collect water

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12:30 p.m.

Authorities have confirmed a ninth person has died in flash flooding that swept away two vehicles in a town on the Utah-Arizona border.

Sgt. Brock Bentley of the Washington County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday confirmed another body had been found. Several people were also missing in the floodwaters.

The wall of water washed the vehicles several hundred yards downstream Monday afternoon. Officials say the bodies of two people were recovered in Arizona about 2 1/2 miles downstream, while the bodies of six others were recovered in Utah.

The floods came after heavy rains fell in the canyons just north of the sister towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, sending waves of water barreling through the streets. The community is known as the home base for a polygamous sect.

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11 a.m.

One Colorado City, Arizona, resident says the search for five people missing in deadly flash flooding helped temporarily heal a major divide in the community on the Utah-Arizona border.

The sister cities of Colorado City and Hildale, Utah, are the home base for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, and the towns are split by those who still follow Jeffs and those who do not, like resident Ross Chatwin.

Chatwin says he was among the hundreds of people helping dig through a massive pile of tree branches, sand, mud and other debris left behind by the biggest flood he's seen in the community. He says people on both sides of the divide were working together toward a common purpose.

By Tuesday morning, rescue crews were discouraging residents from joining the search.

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10 a.m.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he's heartbroken to hear about flash flooding that killed eight people and left five others missing in towns on the Utah-Arizona border. Herbert said in a statement Tuesday morning that Utah was offering all state resources to help the towns with the search and rescue effort.

Herbert said he and first lady Jeanette Herbert are offering their condolences to the families of the victims, and the governor's office and Utah Department of Public Safety would work with local officials and emergency workers in the towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona.

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9:30 a.m.

Officials say the bodies of two people killed in flash flooding in southern Utah were recovered in Arizona about two and a half miles downstream, while the bodies of six others were recovered in Utah.

The Washington County Emergency Services Department said Tuesday morning rescue crews were still searching for five others who were missing after a wall of water swept away two vehicles carrying women and children Monday evening.

One survivor of the flooding in the Utah-Arizona border community remained hospitalized overnight. Two other people survived. Officials did not release further details Tuesday about the victims or survivors.

Crews worked Tuesday morning to clear thousands of tons of mud and debris from the sister towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the towns through noon Tuesday.

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9 a.m.

Chris and Lydia Wyler of Hildale, Utah, say heavy rainfall usually draws out spectators in the community that served as a home base for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, but they've never seen anything like the flash flooding that swept away two vehicles, killing at least eight people and leaving five others missing.

The couple said Tuesday that residents love to splash in the water and watch as it surges through creeks.

Lydia Wyler was out with her 7-year-old daughter Monday afternoon when their SUV was hemmed in by the floodwaters. She filmed women in braids and long skirts being pulled from a car in the path of a torrent of water.

Wyler said she had no idea the flooding would be so dangerous.

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