Fatal Flash Floods in the Southwest

Nicholas Morea

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, extreme weather hit the southwestern portion of the United States.

16 people in total are dead after the flash flood crashed upon the residents of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona.

Four people are missing, and the search off of Keyhole Canyon has proven to be unsuccessful.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, who was sent to the town, called it one of the worst-weather related tragedies in state history and said the Utah National Guard will send troops.

The brunt of the storm lasted 30 minutes, pouring water into the dry desert climate, flooding the small towns.

Residents were told to boil the water after the possibility of contamination is very likely. The search is still ongoing and more details have yet to be released about the four individuals missing.