Flooding in Fort Hood, Texas, left five soldiers dead and four missing after an Army troop carrier overturned in a flooded creek during a morning training exercise Thursday.
Three other soldiers were rescued and were in stable condition at a hospital, The Associated Press reported.
The search of the 20-mile Owl Creek involved Army aircraft, canine search teams, swift-water rescue watercraft, and heavy trucks.
Fort Hood provided updates about the incident in a news release on its website
"The 1st Cavalry Division is grieving after a training accident at Fort Hood during flash flooding this morning," the statement said. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of several Troopers and continue search operations. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated during this difficult time as we care for the Families, loved ones, and fellow Soldiers of those impacted by this tragedy. God Bless the First Team."
Heavy rains have devastated the state, which is seeing 500-year floods for the second consecutive year, CNN reported
. Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster across 31 counties, and more rain is expected.
"A 500-year flood doesn't mean you will go 500 years between them. It just means it is such an extreme event that the odds of it happening are very low, therefore it only happens on average every 500 years," CNN senior meteorologist Brandon Miller said. "It just so happens that parts of Texas have seen them now in back-to-back years, and maybe even twice this year. "
CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said the waters could bring increased threats from mosquitos, which could persist for weeks.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the soldiers, their families, and the Fort Hood community, and continue to be with those still unaccounted for," Abbott said in a statement quoted by The Wall Street Journal
. "Texas stands ready to provide any assistance to Fort Hood as they deal with this tragedy."
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