Golden Valley man dies in flooded wash

October 5, 2018

KINGMAN — A Golden Valley man was found dead Thursday morning after fast-moving floodwater washed his vehicle off a Mohave County road.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, 34-year-old Joshua Allen Carlisle was found dead about two miles from where his vehicle had entered Holy Moses Wash south of Kingman and west of Oatman Road.

The sheriff’s office received reports that an SUV had been swept into the wash and had become submerged. Mohave County Search and Rescue deployed its swift-water technicians and other volunteers. The vehicle was found more than half a mile from the roadway; personnel in a Classic Air Medical helicopter spotted Carlisle’s body.

The sheriff’s office reported that high-water marks along the wash varied between 10 and 20 feet in areas above the normally dry wash bed. According to the county’s ALERT flood warning rain gauges, Holy Moses Wash received about 1.65 inches of rain between I-40 and Oatman Road, near the area where Carlisle’s SUV was swept off the roadway.

Rainfall totals of the storm, that arrived late Wednesday and didn’t clear out of the area until early Thursday, ranged from one-fourth of an inch in the Lake Havasu City area to about a half-inch in the Bullhead City area to more than 2 inches in some parts of the Kingman area.

The rainfall came in a short timeframe, overwhelming the washes, low-lying areas and some streets and roadways.

As of 3 p.m., at least eight roads maintained by Mohave County remained closed, including a section of Historic Route 66 from I-40 to Mile Post 4.

At the height of the flooding, more than a dozen county roads were closed.

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