A flash flood stranded 26 people Sunday evening in the parking lot of the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area near Tucson, just hours after the Pima County Sheriff’s Department issued a flash-flood warning for the area.

The group got stuck on the far side of the bridge leading from Seven Falls and Bear Canyon to the parking lot, Sheriff’s Department Deputy Cody Gress said.

As of 9 p.m., the Department’s Search and Rescue Unit was collaborating with Arizona Department of Public Safety and Southern Arizona Rescue Association officials to rescue the group.

“No one is in immediate danger and we are using (a DPS helicopter) to shuttle people to safety,” Hess said.

The Sabino Canyon rescue comes two weeks after a flash flood killed 10 at a swimming hole near Payson, and a week after flash floods trapped 17 hikers at Tanque Verde Falls.

Officials airlifted the largely uninjured Tanque Verde Falls hikers out in a helicopter operation that stretched overnight and into the next morning.

At the time, the Sheriff’s Department noted the dangers of flash flooding were especially high in Sabino Canyon.

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