Csmonitor.com reports: At least 16 people were killed in Tuesday's flash floods. Rescuers hope to resume search efforts for three missing hikers on Wednesday. Flash floods are common in the small polygamous town of Hildale, Utah, but the volume and pace of Monday's rain was a "100-year event,” said Brian McInerney, hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. The torrent of water killed 12 people in this small town that straddles the state’s border with Arizona, as floods swept them away in their cars. "It was terrifying," said resident Virginia Black, who watched from her home as a van of 16 women and children was swept away by the water and tumbled over an embankment into a ravine, reports the Associated Press. "They were getting washed away, and there was nothing I could do about it," she added.Only three children and one adult in the van survived.
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