At least 15 killed, including nine children, in southern Utah flash floods – Los Angeles Times

Before they turned deadly, the storms were a wonder.

Waterfalls spouted from the sides of the mountains. The rain came down so hard that some residents in the sister cities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. — most famously known as the home of a fundamentalist Mormon sect — had trouble seeing their backyards. 

“It’s crazy!” Lydia Wyler, 38, said as she shot video of the wind and rain thrashing the trees outside her Hildale house, laughing a little as her kids gaped in amazement.

The joy didn’t last. At least 15 people — including at least nine children — were killed in flash floods that struck southern Utah on Monday.

In Zion National Park, at least three visitors were killed while exploring Keyhole Canyon when more than half an inch of rain fell in less than an hour, park spokeswoman Aly Baltrus said Tuesday.