Miami teacher drowns in flash flood

Students and staff of the Miami School District will start school this week under a veil of sadness after experiencing the loss of beloved special education teacher Catherine Canez.

According to the Gila County Sheriff’s Department Canez died after being caught in a flash flood on Monday, July 22.

Officers were called to Irene Wash near Silver Hills Road north of Globe after receiving report that a truck was stuck in a flash flood.

The two individuals in the truck tried to escape the flood and get to higher ground.

When officers arrived, they found 45-year-old Richard Weaver had made it out of the flood safely. But 52-year-old Catherine Canez was swept away approximately one mile downstream.

According to the Miami Unified School District #40 Canez was a loved friend, teacher, co-worker and community member. She started her career with the Miami school district over 26 years ago as a general education teacher and then moved into special education. “Ms. Canez had a kind heart and gave all to her family and students. Her ability to encourage her students to be better than they thought possible and the friendship she provided, leaves a legacy to all of us,” MUSD reported in a statement to the press. “Her sense of humor, dedication and ability to teach will be greatly missed. We are family here at Miami Unified School District and Ms. Canez will be missed by all.”

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to be aware of their surroundings during the monsoon season because weather can change rapidly and become dangerous to residents


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