August 9, 2008
Flash Flood Kills One, Leaves 2 Clinging to Tree
ASHLAND, N.H. (AP) -- A flash flood roared through a central New Hampshire campground, sweeping a Rhode Island family's SUV downstream, killing a 7-year-old girl, and leaving her mother and 5- year-old brother clinging for life to a tree until they were rescued, authorities said.
The flood Thursday evening at the Ames Brook Campground followed a powerful storm that dumped several inches of rain on parts of the state.
Witnesses said the girl's father had left the vehicle when it was swept into the current at about 6 p.m., said Chris Harris, who led the rescue team that took the girl's mother and brother to safety.
The man's wife and son managed to escape the SUV and grab a tree, but the daughter was trapped inside, authorities said. Authorities found the girl's body in the crumpled SUV after the water receded.
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