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Golden Valley man dead in flooding from storms

October 6, 2018

A Golden Valley resident died Thursday morning, when his vehicle was swept into a running wash and became submerged.

Mohave County became inundated Wednesday evening by a low-pressure weather system, following on the heels of a downpour that left Phoenix soaking earlier this week. Joshua A. Carlisle, 34, was driving in the area of Golden Valley when the accident happened, according to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

Search and rescue teams were dispatched to the area to find Carlisle’s vehicle until a medical helicopter located Carlisle’s remains, about two miles from where the vehicle entered the wash.

According to the Sheriff’s report, high water marks along the wash, identified as Holy Moses Wash, varied from 10 to 20 feet above the dry wash bed.

The storm created other hazards in the Kingman area as heavy rain flooded the city’s streets, potentially endangering drivers.

According to Kingman Police Department Deputy Chief of Police Rusty Cooper, his department fielded 13 significant storm calls Wednesday. Incidents included disabled vehicles with occupants trapped inside. Multiple roadways were closed due to flooding, and clogged storm drains caused roadways and underpasses to overflow, Cooper said.

Vehicles that attempted to pass through deep, standing water in the Kingman area became disabled, and occupants were left in need of rescue. While no injuries were reported to the Kingman Police Department, some roadways were restricted as Kingman Public Works crews cleared the road.

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