Child drowns in wash as rain floods SE Valley

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by Stacey Delikat

azfamily.com

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 6:06 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 30 at 6:45 AM

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- A 2-year old boy has died after he was swept away in a wash Sunday night after powerful rains flooded the area.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, a neighbor called 911 around 6:20 p.m. to report the child was missing.

A citizen on an ATV was able to locate the child and brought him to first responders who began performing CPR.

Authorities were unable to airlift him to a hospital because of the inclement weather and he was rushed to Banner Ironwood by ground ambulance where he was taken off life support and pronounced dead at 8:30 p.m.

Elsewhere in the region, the rain flooded streets in Queen Creek, forcing the closure of many major roads.

Hunt Highway between Empire Road and Village Lane remained closed on Sunday night. Most of the water had receded and Hunt Highway was back open to traffic by Monday morning.

"It doesn't usually rain this bad out here, and when I was going to turn in to come home I couldn't see where the road was. It was hard to tell like how deep it was or what was going on, so I was scared," said Jennifer Taylor, who lives near Riggs and Ellsworth.

Residents who want debris cleared from county roads or who want to report damage can contact Pinal County Public Works at 520-866-6411 or email pcroadmaitenance@pinalcountyaz.gov.

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