5 Soldiers Dead, 4 Missing in Fort Hood Floods

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The search is underway to find four soldiers who went missing during a training mission that killed five of their fellow servicemen at Fort Hood on Thursday morning.

Three soldiers involved in the accident were recovered after their vehicle overturned during an exercise roughly 12 miles north of the center of the military base.

According to the New York Times, the soldiers were practicing a low-water crossing exercise they do every day on what is considered a normal dirt road. Heavy rain caused an unexpected amount of water to overturn their Light Medium Tactical vehicle in the river.

On Friday morning, search crews continued their search for the soldiers by land, air and water; however, rescue efforts may be hampered by worsening weather.

Meteorologists expect the flooding to affect the local area throughout the day. “The ground is already saturated and the rivers are swollen so this is going to hamper flood relief efforts as well as the search,” Weather Channel Lead Forecaster Michael Palmer told NBC News.

The bodies of the five soldiers were recovered downstream from the site of the accident. Their names have not yet been released.

“Texas stands ready to provide any assistance to Fort Hood as they deal with this tragedy,” Gov. Gregg Abbott said in a statement.

Heavy rains have caused severe flooding in Texas during May and early June. At least six people have died in the flooding.

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5 Soldiers Dead, 4 Missing in Fort Hood Floods