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Family mourns father who was swept away in Gila Bend while rescuing woman

A State of Emergency was declared in Gila Bend due to the severe flooding.

GILA BEND, Ariz. — Two people are dead and several others have been rescued in Gila Bend after severe flooding filled the area overnight Friday. 

MCSO said that, as of Saturday afternoon, two people have died as a result of the flooding in Gila Bend. 

One of the victims was identified as Jesus “Pancho” Perez.

MCSO and Fire agencies rescued at least 30 people from the rooftops of their houses and more than 100 people are displaced from homes.

The city is concerned that floods may have killed people experiencing homelessness. Officials said evacuations out of the area are ongoing.

Gila Bend mayor, Chris Riggs, declared a State of Emergency in the community due to all of the flooding Saturday morning. American Red Cross is assisting those in need in the area and is set up at Gila Bend High School. The Gila Bend Community Center is open for those needing to evacuate. 

Maricopa County also declared a local emergency, allowing access to emergency funds to support response efforts to Gila Bend.

Gila Bend officials said people are still missing and asked residents to check-in by commenting on their Facebook page or by texting town clerk, Beverly Turner at 623-734-6504.

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Posted by Town of Gila Bend on Saturday, August 14, 2021

SR 238 from Gila Bend to Maricopa is also closed in both directions due to flooding. 

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