FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) – The Latest on flooding in Texas (all times local):
A Fort Hood spokesman says crews have found the bodies of two more soldiers who were in a truck that was washed from a low-water crossing by a flooded creek on the Central Texas Army post.
That brings to five the confirmed death toll from the Thursday morning incident at the Owl Creek Tactical Crossing. In a statement late Thursday night, spokesman Chris Haug said teams were continuing the search for the four soldiers still missing.
The three other soldiers from the 12 in the 2½-ton truck were hospitalized.
Fort Hood’s 1st Cavalry Division commander has issued a statement of condolence to the survivors of soldiers killed when their troop carrier was washed from a low-water crossing.
At least three soldiers are dead and six are missing after the Thursday morning accident at the Texas base. Three others were hospitalized in stable condition.
The soldiers were members of the 1st Cavalry. Maj. Gen. John C. Thomson III said the Fort Hood-based division “is grieving after a training accident … during flash flooding this morning.” He said in the statement Thursday night that search operations continue and “thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have issued statements of condolences to the families of those killed when an Army truck was washed from a low-water crossing by swiftly moving floodwaters at Fort Hood.
At least three soldiers are dead and six are missing after the Thursday morning accident. Three others were hospitalized in stable condition.
In his statement, Abbott said the state “stands ready to provide any assistance to Fort Hood as they deal with this tragedy.”
In his statement, Patrick asked people to “pray the six soldiers still missing will be found safe and unharmed.”
Fort Hood says three soldiers are dead and six are missing after an Army troop truck was washed from a low-water crossing and overturned in a rain-swollen creek at Fort Hood in Central Texas.
A statement from the Texas Army post says the accident happened about 11:30 a.m. Thursday in an area near Cold Springs and Owl Creek.
Three soldiers were rescued from the swift water. They’re in stable condition at Coryell Memorial Healthcare System in Gatesville.
Army aircraft, canine search teams, swift-water rescue watercraft and heavy trucks are being used in the search for the six missing soldiers. The names of the dead are being withheld until their relatives can be notified.
Parts of Texas still recovering from heavy rainfall are watching new storms that could dump up to 10 inches of rain and worsen flooding in rivers and other waterways that already have risen to record levels.
More rain is forecast in Southeast Texas from Thursday through Saturday.
One storm system moved through the Houston-area Wednesday night and Thursday morning, dumping nearly eight inches of rain in some of the city’s northern suburbs and leading to some flooding.
About half of Texas is under flood watches or warnings, including Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston, where about 1,400 homes have been affected by the swollen Brazos River.
Fort Bend County emergency management coordinator Jeff Braun says officials have worked to warn and prepare residents ahead of the additional rainfall.
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