Flash Flood Victim Recovery Effort "optimistic for today"
The seventh and final victim of the flash flood in Zion National Park has been found, bringing the total confirmed deaths from Monday’s storm in southern Utah to 19. Park spokesman David Eaker says the body was found a few miles from Keyhole Canyon where the group had been climbing when the storm hit Monday.
Meanwhile, 300 personnel today continue the search for the body of 6-year-old Tyson Lucas Black in Hildale, Utah. Battalion Chief Brian Anderton of Unified Fire is heading the Salt Lake Regional Incident Management Team.
“Conditions are difficult, but we remain optimistic that we can bring this to a close here in the near future,” says Anderton.
He says 13 canine units are also involved in the search with dogs that are able to locate human remains under up to 15 feet of earth. He says they can’t speculate how long the search would last.
“Right now, we’re working one day at a time. We’re optimistic for today. As we wrap up today, we’ll start planning for tomorrow,” Anderton says.
Washington County Emergency Services is thanking the many volunteers through postings on their Facebook page and says they now have all the help they need.