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Officials Talk Tragedy Prevention After Fatal Arizona Flash Flood

The sheriff's office and Tonto National Forest discuss how to work together to prevent disasters like the Cold Springs flood that killed 10.

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Ken Lund

In the aftermath of a flash flood that killed 10 people swimming at Cold Springs on the East Verde River July 15, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office and the Tonto National Forest are considering how to prevent similar tragedies in the future. The Forest Service is in charge of managing public lands and issuing general weather warnings, while the sheriff’s office handles search and rescue; both agencies hope better collaboration can help in future emergencies.