Helicopter rescues 26 stranded by flooding in Arizona canyon

Posted at 7:39 AM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-31 14:45:02-04

A police helicopter rescued 26 hikers stranded by flooding in a national forest recreation area in a canyon on the outskirts of Tucson.

The rescues took place a week after 17 people rescued after flash flooding through a different canyon several miles away and 15 days after 10 people died in flash flooding elsewhere in Arizona.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department says those rescued late Sunday afternoon and early Sunday evening weren't in any immediate danger.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter was used to ferry the people who were stranded at a flooded bridged crossing leading to two popular trails. 

The National Weather Service at 3 p.m. issued a flash flood warning for the Sabino Canyon area due to rainfall higher in the Santa Catalina Mountains.